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Dwaine Pretorius Retirement: SA All-rounder Announced International Retirement

Dwaine Pretorius Retirement: South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius announced his international retirement from cricket on January 9, 2023 and confirms to feature in T20s and other shorter format games.

Dwaine Pretorius Retirement Announcement

Dwaine Pretorius made his international debut in 2016 for South Africa in an ODI match against Ireland at Willowmoore Park, Benoni in which he bagged his first international wicket by dismissing Gary Wilson.

Pretorius said that he will be shifting his focus to T20 cricket and other shorter formats. The 33-year-old thanked his coaches, teammates and family for supporting him and had a special thank you for Faf du Plessis.

Dwaine Pretorius
Dwaine Pretorius

Apart from playing for South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius has played for various teams including – Lions, South Africa A, Cape Town Knight Riders, Jozi Stars, Northamptonshire, Edinburgh Rocks, Paarl Rocks, Peshawar Zalmi, North West, Chennai Super Kings, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Colombo Stars, Welsh Fire, Durban Super Giants, Morrisville Samp Army.

Dwaine Pretorius in his Instagram post said: “A few days ago, I made one of the toughest decisions of my cricketing career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket.”

“Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but God gave me the talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands.”

“I am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career.”

“Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be. By doing this, I will be able to have a better balance in my career and family life.”

“I would like to thank everyone who played a big role in my career. These are all the coaches, trainers and physios who supported me:

Enoch Nkwe (Coach Colts – Lions), Riaan Nieuwoudt (school coach), Monty Jacobs (North West), Gordon Parsons (Lions Bowling Coach), Dave Nosworthy (Lions Coach), Russell Domingo (Proteas), Justin Sammons (Batting Coach), Ottis Gibson (Proteas), Graig Govender (Physio Proteas and Lions), Geoffrey Toyana (Lions Coach), Jeff Lanskey (Lions Fitness) and Mark Boucher (Proteas Coach).”

Dwaine Pretorius
Dwaine Pretorius(Image: IPL)

“All the players I have played with and against over the years you have had an impact on my career. It’s so difficult to highlight only one or two because there are so many players that had an impact, but I can mention a few I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with:

Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Steven Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil Mackenzie and a special mention has to go to Andrea Agathagelou, we spent hours and hours training together in an effort to reach our goal in playing for the Proteas. Without a doubt I would not be where I am today without all your help and support.”

“A special mention goes to Faf Du Plessis, who brought me back after being let go from the international side the first time and who backed me and helped me become a better player; thank you.”

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis

“To my Mom, Dad and Brother. During my early cricket playing days you made so many sacrifices to help me reach my dream. Driving all over North West and South Africa supporting me, spending December holidays next to the cricket field and so much more. Without your support I would have never gotten to where I am.”

“Lastly, my Wife and son. You have supported me all the way, never letting me feel bad about being away for weeks and months at a time. No matter how hard it was, you always kept encouraging and supporting me.”

“I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I stepped on to the field, I gave everything I had in me. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles, to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could. It has been a blast.”

“Thank you to all the fans for your support and love -you made it extra special,” said Pretorius.

Dwaine Pretorius played his last international match on October 04, 2022, against India in Holkar Cricket Stadium and bagged 3 wickets and led the team to a 49 runs victory which is the only victory for visitors in the South Africa tour of India 2022.

Dwaine Pretorius will be seen in action during the IPL 2023 where he will feature for CSK after he was retained by the team ahead of the IPL 2023 Auction.

The 33 years old Dwaine Pretorius has played 3 Tests, 27 ODIs, and 30 T20Is and bagged 7, 35, and 35 wickets respectively.

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