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'It's not about earning more elsewhere': De Villiers retires from international cricket

South Africa's AB de Villiers has called time on his Proteas career with immediate effect

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South Africa legend AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all international cricket with immediate effect.

At the age of 34, De Villiers has made the decision to step away from the South Africa national side, for whom he has played 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 T20Is.

Among the country's greatest ever players, and one of the most exciting batsmen in the world today, De Villiers accumulated 8,765 Test runs at an average of 50.66. Only Jacques Kallis has made more than his 9,577 runs in ODI cricket. 

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De Villiers has retired from international cricket

De Villiers insists that his retirement is "not about earning more somewhere else", saying that he intends to play domestic cricket in South Africa with the Titans. Instead, he admits to being fatigued.

"It is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," he said.

"This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

AB DE VILLIERS: CAREER STATS
Tests: 114 matches, 191 innings, 8,765 runs, ave 50.66, 22 100s, 46 50s, HS 278*
ODIs: 228 matches, 218 innings, 9,577 runs, ave 53.50, 25 100s, 53 50s, HS 176
T20Is: 78 matches, 75 innings, 1,672 runs, ave 26.12, s/r 135.16, 10 50s, HS 79*

"It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years."

Half an AB de Villiers would still be a phenomenal player.

Over the course of his career, the inventive, combative batsman has racked up a plethora of world records, including the fastest half-century in one-day internationals (from 16 balls), the fastest hundred (31 balls) and fastest 150 (64 balls).

His 278 against Pakistan in 2010 remains the second highest ever by a South African in Tests, while his career-high world batting ranking points total of 935 has never been bettered by another Proteas player.

"It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on," he said.

"Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.

"I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas."

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