Dwaine Pretorius Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Dwaine Pretorius (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Dwaine Pretorius has announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately. The all-rounder said he wants to shift his focus to T20 and other shorter formats of the game.

“I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket,” Pretorius said in the retirement note. “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,” he added.

Pretorius, 33, made his international debut in 2016. He has represented South Africa in all three formats: 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs, and three Tests, including two World Cups.

In 2021, he set the record for the best bowling figures by a South Africa in a T20I with his 5/17 against Pakistan. Later in the year, he returned nine wickets in the Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. He also has 261 runs to his name at a strike-rate of 164.15 in the format.

Pretorius has featured in leagues around the world including the IPL, The Hundred and Caribbean Premier League. He’ll be playing in the inaugural SA20 that gets underway on Tuesday (January 10), plying his trade for Durban Super Giants.

“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.”

Pretorius also thanked all of the coaches, players, and teammates who have helped him throughout his international journey. He said that they have all had a significant impact on his career and it would be difficult to single out only one or two. He went on to say that he is grateful for all the help and support he has received.