Watch: AB de Villiers announces retirement from all international cricket [video]

sports/cricket | 23 May 2018 0:04 PM (UTC)
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 Former South African Test captain AB de Villiers, one of the most devastating batsmen of his generation, quit all forms international cricket on Wednesday.

In a shocking move, AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all international cricket with immediate effect.
 

The 34-year-old announced the news on his own app on Wednesday, posting a video to his followers. 

 

The decision comes into effect immediately. The decision comes as a massive blow to the Proteas, who would have been counting on De Villiers at next year's World Cup at the end of May next year. 

 

De Villiers, 34, made his announcement public via a video, in which he said "I am tired".

 

 

 "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect," he said on Wednesday. "After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired. 

 

"This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I'd like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

 

"It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career, I wouldn't be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.

 

"It's not about earning more somewhere else, it's about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.

 

" I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas."

 

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