South Africa's great fast bowler, Dale Steyn, announced his retirement from test cricket on Monday (Aug 5) as his country's highest wicket-taker and eighth on the all-time list. He ended with 439 wickets from 93 tests at an average of 22.95, after a wicketless final test appearance against Sri Lanka in February. The 36-year-old was one of the world's most feared fast bowlers in his prime but his latter years were curtailed by a serious shoulder injury. Steyn said he chose to give up five-day cricket to prolong his career and he will continue to play limited-overs internationals.
South Africa's Dale Steyn has retired from test cricket, ending the red-ball career of a player who was one of the world's fiercest fast bowlers at his height but whose latter years were curtailed by a serious shoulder injury.
Steyn says he will continue to play limited-overs internationals.
The 36-year-old Steyn ends as South Africa's leading wicket-taker in tests and eighth on the all-time list with 439 wickets in 93 matches.
Only four fast bowlers have taken more wickets than him in tests: James Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh and Stuart Broad.
Steyn injured his right shoulder, his bowling arm, in a test in Australia in late 2016 and was out for more than a year. He then hurt his ankle in his comeback test in 2018 and was sidelined for another six months and never recaptured his best form.