One more prolific player of World Cricket bids adieu to International Cricket. Mignon Du Preez on Friday announced her retirement from all formats of International Cricket putting a full stop to her illustrious 16 years long career. Du Preez had earlier announced her retirement from the Test & ODI format after the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2022. And today she extended her retirement to the T20I format as well. However, Preez said that she would be available to play in the T20 franchise leagues.
Back in January 2007, Du Preez made her debut for South Africa in an ODI series & seven months later she played her maiden T20I. Her Test debut came in November 2014 in a Test fixture against India where she ended up scoring 102 runs. To date, Preez played 154 ODIs for Proteas & returned with scores of 3760 at an average of 32.98 with two tons & 18 half-centuries.
Mignon Du Preez is a name that has ruled million hearts for over two decade
In the shortest format of Cricket, Du Preez has featured in 114 T20Is amassing 1805 runs at an average of 20.98 & a strike rate of 101.23. She has represented South Africa in seven T20 World Cups & has captained South Africa in 50 T20Is after being elected as T20I Captain in 2011. The last time she took the field as South Africa’s Captain was in the T20 World Cup 2016. In total, Du Preez has played 268 International fixtures amassing 5565 runs including 25 half centuries & three tons across Tests, ODI & T20I formats. Overall she led South Africa in 96 fixtures & has been the pioneer of their success in all formats.
Announcing her retirement, Mignon Du Preez said, “Fifteen years of international cricket, truly it has been a blessing. It’s never an easy decision to step away from 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 still continue to play the shorter format of the game in the global leagues until such a time that I am blessed to become a mom and start a family of my own. Now for all the thank yous…”
She further extended her heartfelt gratitude to her family, coaches, teammates & friends who were part of her illustrious cricketing journey. She also said that she will miss all the on-field & off-field moments she had shared with her teammates & it has been a matter of pride to be a part of the South African team. However, she highlighted the fact that she is looking ahead to embark on a new journey of life along with her close ones.
CSAs’ Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe said that it is sad to bid farewell to one of the best players of the South Africa Women’s team who has always stunned everyone with her game-first attitude. He further congratulated Preez for her exemplary 16 years of career & said that her professionalism & Commitment to the game & country is something that is looked upon & followed by her teammates. He ended his statement by thanking Du Preez for serving the National team for nearly two decades.