SA batter Mignon du Preez announces retirement from Int'l cricket

JOHANNESBURG: Following a nearly 16-year career in the green and gold, South African women's batter Mignon du Preez announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket, including T20Is, on Friday.

The most-capped female cricketer from South Africa, Mignon, played her final match for her country at the inaugural Women's Cricket T20 competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August. After competing in the 2022 ODI World Cup in New Zealand, she earlier this year announced her retirement from Test and ODI competition.

It's never easy to decide to give up something you love as much as I love cricket, but I know in my heart that the time is right for me to announce my retirement from all forms of international cricket. "However, I will continue to play the shorter format of the game in the global leagues until such a time as I am blessed to become a mom and start a family of my own.

Seven months after making her South Africa debut as a 17-year-old in ODIs, she made her T20I debut in August 2007. Mignon, 33, had played in 114 T20 Internationals at the time of her retirement and had amassed 1,805 runs at an average of 20.98, including seven half-centuries and a top score of 69 against Ireland in Solihull in 2014.

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