Fast bowler Andre Nel has announced his retirement from international cricket after eight years of service for South Africa.
Nel, who is set to play for Surrey in the 2009 County Championship as a 'Kolpak' player, took more than 100 wickets in both Test match cricket and One Day Internationals, also contributing with the bat on occasion.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” Nel said in a statement. “Playing for my country for the last eight years was a dream come true for me. I would like to thank my captain, Graeme Smith, and my coaches, Mickey Arthur and Vinnie Barnes, and all my Proteas’ team mates for their support and guidance.
“I have many happy memories and wish the Proteas the best for the future. I would also like to thank Cricket South Africa and Gerald Majola for the support I have been given.
“To the fans who have supported me, you have made playing at the highest level something very special for me. I am sorry I did not have the chance to say farewell from the field.
“Last, but not least, a special thanks to my two biggest mentors, Ray Jennings and Shaun Pollock. Without your advice and influence I would not have made it as far as I did."
Nel made his ODI debut in 2001, playing his four months later.
“He has been a good servant to South African cricket and I wish him all the best,” Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Gerald Majola added. He also revealed that CSA had agreed to allow Nel announce his retirement ahead of his national contract expiring next month.
Nel has previously represented Essex and Northamptonshire in county cricket.
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