AB de Villiers retires from all worldwide cricket

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AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced his retirement from global cricket.

"I have chose to retire from all worldwide cricket with immediate effect", de Villiers said on Wednesday (May 23). After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, it is time for others to take over.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe says he pleaded with AB de Villers not to retire now, as they had centred most of their ICC Cricket World Cup plans around him.

ABD, as he known in the world, debuted for South Africa in December 2004, appeared in 114 Test matches scoring 8765 runs at an average of 50.66.

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According to Sport24, De Villiers' decision comes as a massive blow to the Proteas, who would have been counting on him for next year's World Cup at the end of May. The sabbatical was the first sign that cricket was starting to become a burden. He had already been managing his workload in test cricket and took time out in recent years in an effort to recharge.

The 34-year-old de Villiers made the announcement from his home town of Pretoria, where he has spent his domestic career playing for the Titans.

"I've thought long and hard about it and I'd like to retire still playing decent cricket". For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. "I will always be grateful to my teammates, my coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa for their support all these years", he further said. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career. It is not about earning more somewhere else, it is about running out of gas and feeling it is time to move on. At the end of a video message, he said there were no plans to play overseas. Where Amla (65), Faf du Plessis (62) and Rossouw (61) all were cut off, de Villiers surged to a scarcely believable 162 not out from 66 balls, striking 17 fours and eight sixes to set up a 257-run hammering of West Indies.

AB de Villiers retired from global cricket on Wednesday while still at the top of his game as one of the best batsmen in the world.

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"What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team mates whether playing at global or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters". This came to the fore after the recent outflow of several South African cricketers from global cricket in a bid to play in England with a Kolpak deal. Captain Smith made a century to give the tourists hope in Perth, but it was De Villiers who proved the cornerstone of the innings, making a patient 106 across a near five-hour stint at the crease. De Villiers' finishes as South Africa's fourth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket and second-highest ODI run-scorer. "Wish you a very happy post-retirement life". He played 98 consecutive Tests before missing the series against Bangladesh in 2015 due to paternity leave.

De Villiers perhaps preempted potential criticism of the decision by insisting it was not about money or an overseas contract. However, he stepped down from leader of the five-day format in 2016 due to an elbow injury. The Proteas batsman also became the first cricketer to retire from global cricket with an average of over 50 and a strike rate of over 100 in ODIs.

He retires with a Test average of 50.66 - a yardstick to measure greats.

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