South Africa batter Lizelle Lee retires from international cricket

Hard Hitting South African batter Lizelle Lee announced her retirement from international cricket. She announced this ahead of the South Africa’s three match ODI series against England which begin on july 11.

Lizelle Lee 30 year old african batter who named as ICC cricketer of the year in 2021.

Lee african batter who made her international debut in 2013 in the T20I home series against Bangladesh, has represented South Africa 2 Tests, 100 ODIs and 82 T20Is, scoring 42, 3315 and 1896 runs respectively. In ODIs, she is the second highest run-getter, behind Mignon du Preez, and the 17th highest overall. Batting primarily as an opener, she has cracked three centuries and 23 fifties.

“It is with a lot of mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from international cricket. From a very young age, I have lived cricket and wanted to represent my country at the highest level,” Lee said in a statement. “Over the past 8 years I was able to live that dream and I feel I have given everything I could to the Proteas.

“I feel that I am ready for the next phase in my career and will continue to play domestic T20 cricket around the world. It has been an incredible journey and it would not have been possible without everyone who has supported me during my international career. I want to thank my family, especially my wife Tanja for all the sacrifices they have made for me to live out my dream to represent my country.

“Thank you to CSA, SACA and all stakeholders involved for the opportunities and support you afforded me to make my dreams of playing for the Proteas come true. My fellow Proteas teammates, thank you for the wonderful memories we have made together. You have made this journey incredible, and I could not have done this without you. I will always be supporting you; we will always be rising together.

“Lastly to my fans, I am the person I am because of the love and support you have given me throughout my international career. I look forward to continuing this journey with you in the different leagues around the world,” she concluded.

Enoch Nkwe, Director of Cricket, said, “It is with great sadness that we have to bid farewell to a titan of South African cricket at a relatively young age, however we wholeheartedly respect the individual’s decision and her desire to move onto the next chapter of her playing career.

“Lizelle has given this nation countless memorable moments on the field of play, most notably in 2021 when she was leading from the front with the bat towards being named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in an effort to help South Africa soar to second place on the ICC ODI Rankings.”

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