Proteas' Theunis de Bruyn retires from international cricket

Proteas' Theunis de Bruyn retires from international cricket

Proteas all-rounder Theunis de Bruyn announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.

The right-hander earned 13 Test caps and made two T20I appearances during a period of rebuilding for the national team. While he averaged 19.50 with the bat in Test whites, de Bruyn did pick up an impressive maiden hundred in Sri Lanka in a losing effort in 2018.

De Bruyn released a statement via the Titans' website on Thursday, confirming his retirement.

"I've been fortunate to represent my country at the highest level of cricket and that's been the proudest moment of my career," said the 30-year-old, who also picked up 5353 first-class runs at a healthy average of 41.82.

"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!"