South African cricketer Lizelle Lee has introduced her retirement from worldwide cricket with quick impact. She confirmed the identical through her official social media handles on Friday, July 8. The explosive opener represented the Proteas in 184 worldwide matches the place she went on to amass 5253 runs throughout codecs together with 4 centuries.
Lee determined to deliver curtains down on her cricketing profession forward of the upcoming three-match ODI sequence in opposition to England that will get underway on Monday, July 11 in Northampton. She was an integral a part of the South African squad that had performed within the ICC Girls’s World Cup 2022 earlier this yr the place they completed because the semi-finalists taking place to the eventual runners-up England.
It’s with a variety of blended feelings that I announce my retirement: Lizelle Lee
“It’s with a variety of blended feelings that I announce my retirement from worldwide cricket. From a really younger age, I’ve lived cricket and needed to signify my nation on the highest stage. Over the previous 8 years I used to be in a position to dwell that dream and I really feel I’ve given all the pieces I may to the Proteas,” Lee mentioned in an official assertion launched by Cricket South Africa.
“I really feel that I’m prepared for the following section in my profession and can proceed to play home T20 cricket all over the world. It has been an unbelievable journey and it could not have been doable with out everybody who has supported me throughout my worldwide profession. I need to thank my household, particularly my spouse Tanja for all of the sacrifices they’ve made for me to dwell out my dream to signify my nation,” she added.
“Lastly to my followers, I’m the individual I’m due to the love and help you’ve given me all through my worldwide profession. I look ahead to persevering with this journey with you within the totally different leagues all over the world,” she concluded.
— Lizelle Lee (@zella15j) July 8, 2022
Lee’s retirement comes as one more setback for the Proteas girls after one in every of their star cricketers Mignon du Preez introduced her retirement from Exams and One Day Internationals in April. Nonetheless, du Preez shall be out there for choice within the T20Is.
In the meantime, the South African girls’s crew have additionally discovered themselves in a repair after this stunning retirement heading into the Commonwealth Video games 2022 in Birmingham this yr. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ is one in every of eight individuals within the girls’s cricket T20 competitors.
Coming again to Lizelle’s worldwide profession, it may be argued that the 30-year-old has bid adieu to the sport on the peak of her profession, having received the ICC Girls’s ODI Cricketer of the Yr award in January this yr.