South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has called time on his Test career with immediate effect.
Steyn will continue to play One Day International cricket for the Proteas, as he is still contracted for the 2019/20 season. He will be available for both T20i and ODI cricket.
Steyn made his Test debut in 2004 against England, he played 93 tests, took 439 wickets with an average of 22.95. In his Test career, he took five 10 wicket hauls and 26 fivers, with best bowling figure of 7/51. He dominated the number one ICC Test bowler ranking for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.
“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 and emotionally.” – said the Phalaborwa Express
“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 maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.” – Dale Steyn