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Dale Steyn announces retirement from all cricket


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South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, on Tuesday [31 August] announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 38-year-old made the announcement on social media.

“It's been 20 years since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows,” he tweeted.

 “Today, I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it's been an incredible journey together," he added.

In a career spanning for almost two decades, the Proteas pacer featured in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is, making his international debut in 2004.

The right-arm pacer holds the record for the fastest bowler to 400 Test wickets (80 matches), bagged 439 wickets in the longest format, 196 wickets in the ODIs and 64 wickets in T20 internationals.

Steyn was part of several iconic wins, including two Test series victories in England and Australia and two drawn series in India. He last international appearance in South African colours came in February 2020, in a T20I against Australia at Johannesburg.