Proteas Test batsman Theunis de Bruyn has retired from international cricket.
De Bruyn was recalled to the Proteas squad after a three-year absence for the Test series in Australia earlier this season, playing in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. He missed the third Test at the SCG after returning to South Africa for the birth of his first child.
The 30-year-old scored 468 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 19.50, including 101 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2018. He also featured in two T20Is.
“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 said in a statement on Thursday.
“The bonds I’ve formed, lessons I’ve learned, skills I’ve developed and my growth as a human being would not have been possible without the experience of playing international cricket.
“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.
“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.
“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!”