De Bruyn Announces Retirement
Former South African international all-rounder Zander de Bruyn has announced his retirement from the game after 19 years as a professional cricketer.
De Bruyn made his first-class debut in 1995 for Transvaal, going on to play for Gauteng, Easterns, Titans, Warriors and Lions in South Africa as well as Worcestershire, Somerset and Surrey in England.
He played in 242 first-class games, 242 one-day games and 125 Twenty20 matches.
He made his Test debut against India in 2004, scoring 83, but only went on to play two more Tests for the Proteas, one more against India and then the first Test against England later that year.
However, he was dropped to allow Martin van Jaarsveld and Hashim Amla to come into the side and in 2005 joined Worcestershire as a Kolpak player, effectively ending his international career.
He may have been given more opportunities had there not been more competition for all-rounder spots in the national side from the likes of Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall.
He finishes his career with a total of 14,259 first-class runs and 285 wickets as well as 6,085 one-day runs and 166 wickets.
"A decision like this is not made overnight and it is something that I have given a lot of thought," de Bruyn said.
"I am eternally grateful for the career that I have been able to have in this sport and it is definitely something I am going to miss.
"The Bidvest Wanderers is an incredibly special place to me and although I have played for other teams, this has always been my home.
"I consider myself privileged to have been able to finish my career here and am happy to reminisce about the many change room memories and the incredible people I have met along the way.
"Cricket will always be close to my heart and I look forward to now supporting the boys from the sidelines."
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