Women’s cricket legend from South Africa Mignon du Preezannounced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Friday after an amazing career spanning nearly 16 years. Her last appearance for Proteas was at the inaugural Women’s Cricket T20 tournament of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Du Preez retired from Test and One-Day Internationals (ODI) earlier this year after competing in the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. The Tshwane-born star played 114 T20Is and scored 1,805 runs at an average of 20.98, including seven half-centuries and a top score of 69 against Ireland at Solihull in 2014.
“Fifteen years of international cricket, wow, what a blessing it has been… it is never an easy decision to step away from something you love as much as I love cricket, but I know in my heart that the time is right is to announce my retirement from all forms of international cricket. However, I will still continue to play the shorter format of the game in the global leagues until such time as I am blessed to become a mother and start a family of my own. I made my debut in 2007 and 15 years later I announce my retirement. said Du Preez in her statement shared by Cricket South Africa.
“To the Northerns Cricket Union, thank you for being my home ground since I was 10 years old and for naming a gate at the SuperSsport park in my honour. To all my sponsors (past and now), without you I wouldn’t have come this far. Thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to represent your brand. To the fans, thank you for your continued support through the highs, but especially through the lows. You drive us to become better cricketers.”
“To CSA, thank you for your continued support, giving me the opportunity to captain my country and finally making women’s cricket a viable career option in SA. To SACA, thank you for always being a pillar of support that players can rely on and for helping to professionalize women’s cricket in South Africa. I will definitely miss the locker room chats, the off the pitch friendships from all over the world, traveling and learning about different cultures. However, I am extremely excited about the next phase of my life along with those I love dearly who have taken a back seat to the last 15 years of my career. Du Preez added.
After 16 years in South Africa’s green and gold, Mignon du Preez announces her retirement from all forms of international cricket
Full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/DYD0r7jPeZ
— Proteas Women (@ProteasWomenCSA) December 9, 2022
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