Retirement of AB de Villiers from International Cricket

Retirement of AB de Villiers from International Cricket

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MEDIA STATEMENT

MINISTRY OF SPORT AND RECREATION SOUTH AFRICA ON THE RETIREMENT OF AB DE VILLIERS FROM INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.

 

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa note and respect the announcement by our former Test Cricket captain AB de Villiers of his retirement from International Cricket.

His track record include, amongst others; 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 matches for the Proteas. De Villiers hit eight fours and 10 sixes during his record-breaking 149 against West Indies. He scored 8,765 Test runs for South Africa and has a batting average of over 50 in both Test and ODI cricket.

De Villiers' 22nd - and final - Test century came against Australia in March. He also holds the record for the fastest one-day century, reaching three figures in just 31 balls against West Indies in January 2015. He also holds the record for the fastest Test century by a South African, making 100 from 75 balls against India in 2011.

His final appearance for South Africa came in Johannesburg, where the Proteas beat Australia by 492 runs and clinched the series 3-1.

Minister Xasa said that; “AB remains an exceptional and valuable player that dons the South African colours with pride and dignity.”

 

Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen observed that; ”We are pleased that he will be available for domestic games in South Africa and trust that he will continue to be available for the development of the game.

 

We salute you.

 Ms. Tokozile Xasa MP                                                          

Minister: Sport and Recreation South Africa        

 

Mr. Gert C Oosthuizen MP

Deputy Minister: Sport and Recreation South Africa       


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