Dean Elgar announces retirement from International Cricket after India Test Series

South Africa’s opening batsman, Dean Elgar, has revealed his decision to retire from international cricket following the upcoming Test series against India. The former Test captain will conclude his illustrious career with two Test matches – the first at SuperSport Park in Centurion from December 26 to 30 and the second at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town from January 3 to 7.

Throughout his 12-year career, the 36-year-old left-hander has represented South Africa in 84 Tests and eight One-Day Internationals. Elgar, who made his debut in 2012 against Australia, has amassed over 5000 runs in Tests at an impressive average of 37.28.

Expressing his sentiments, Elgar stated, “Playing the game of cricket has always been a dream of mine, but having the opportunity to represent your country is the ultimate! Having had the privilege to do it for 12 years internationally is simply beyond my wildest dreams.”

“As they say, ‘all good things come to an end,’ and the Indian home series will be my last, as I have made the decision to retire from our beautiful game. A game that has given me so much. The Cape Town Test will be my last. My favourite stadium in the world. A place I scored my first Test run against New Zealand and hopefully my last too.”

Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki expressed gratitude to Elgar for his years of service, noting that he has been a true ambassador for the sport in the country, playing with grittiness and determination that resonates with all South Africans.