South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from the format with immediate effect. He played 93 Tests and picked 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 and best bowling figures of 7/51.
He had made his debut in Tests in 2004 and played his last Test against Sri Lanka in 2019.
Cricket South Africa announced the news of his retirement and mentioned that he continues to be a nationally contracted player for the 2019/2020 season in white-ball cricket and therefore remains available for the Standard Bank Proteas in both One-Day International and T20 International cricket.
“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport, ” said Steyn.