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South Africa’s Middle Order Batter Theunis de Bruyn Announces International Retirement

Theunis de Bruyn Retirement: South African middle-order batter Theunis de Bruyn announced his international retirement on February 16, 2023.

Theunis de Bruyn Announces Retirement

In December 2016 de Bruyn was added to South Africa’s Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for South Africa against Sri Lanka on 20 January 2017. He made his Test debut for South Africa against New Zealand on 25 March 2017.

De Bruyn was included in South Africa’s squad for their Test match series in England which began in July 2017. He played the first match of the series, scoring 49 runs in the match with a top score of 48 in the first innings as South Africa lost the match by 211 runs.

In March 2019, de Bruyn was awarded a contract by Cricket South Africa for the 2019–2020 season and was one on 16 players to be given a contract.

“I’ve been fortunate to represent my country at the highest level of cricket and that’s been the proudest moment of my career. The bonds I’ve formed, lessons I’ve learnt, skills I’ve developed and my growth as a human being would not have been possible without the experience of playing international cricket”, he said.

“I’ve lived a childhood dream, shared dressing rooms with my hero’s and played cricket at some of the world’s most iconic venues, and I can’t say thank you enough for the opportunities I’ve got through this game. Looking back at everything that I’ve achieved, it is time I say goodbye to international cricket and focus on the next chapter.

He further added, “I’m excited for what the future has to offer and looking forward to chasing more dreams and ambitions in life. Thank you to everyone that’s been involved throughout my journey and best wishes to the Proteas and Cricket South Africa for what lies ahead!”

In October 2019, during the third Test of the series against India, de Bruyn replaced Dean Elgar as a concussion substitute in South Africa’s squad.

Theunis de Bruyn has played 12 Tests and 2 T20Is and scored 428 and 26 runs during his international career.

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