The legendary fast bowler from South Africa, Dale Steyn has decided to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect. The veteran pacer said that the decision was taken in a bid to prolong his career in white-ball cricket. Steyn will be on national contracts; thus, he will be available to play for South Africa in the ODIs and T20Is.

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Steyn retires from Test cricket

Dale Steyn bows out as the highest wicket-taker with 439 wickets in 93 Test matches, having overtaken Shaun Pollock earlier this year. One of the leading Test bowlers of all time, Steyn was ranked the No. 1 Test bowler for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014. He won the ICC’s Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2008 and was one of Wisden’s cricketers of the year in 2013. In the following year, he was named the almanack’s Leading Cricketer in the World.

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The 36-year-old Dale Steyn in his retirement speech confessed his love for Test cricket and said that five-day format is the best format of the game. He also stated the reason for bidding farewell to Test cricket. Steyn said that it’s better to play cricket rather than not playing cricket again.

Dale Steyn (Credits – Getty)

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“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much,” Steyn said. “In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport,” Steyn said.

Dale Steyn’s retirement garnered a lot of reaction among the former cricketers and the fans across the globe. From his teammates to legend like Sachin Tendulkar, former cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate the star cricketer on Twitter.

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