This South African batsman retires at the age of 30

At the age of 30, Theunis de Bruyn has announced his retirement from international cricket. Since making his debut in January 2017, the South Africa batter has played for his nation in 13 Tests and two Twenty20 matches.

“I’ve been fortunate to represent my country at the highest level of cricket and that’s been the proudest moment of my career,” de Bruyn was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his domestic side Titans. “I’ve lived a childhood dream, shared dressing rooms with my heroes 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.

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“Looking back at everything that I’ve achieved, it is time I say goodbye to international cricket and focus on the next chapter. I’m excited for what the future has to offer and looking forward to chasing more dreams and ambitions in life.”

In 25 innings, De Bruyn amassed 468 runs, including one century against Sri Lanka in 2018. His final game for South Africa was in the visitors’ innings and 182-run loss in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG last year, where he scored 12 and 28 in the two innings, respectively. Prior to the New Year’s Test, De Bryun ended the tour early and went back to his house to give birth to his first child.