Johannesburg – Proteas batter, Mignon du Preez on Friday announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket, including T20 Internationals (T20I), after a career spanning almost 16 years in the green and gold of South Africa.
Her once-in-a-lifetime involvement at the inaugural Women’s Cricket T20 tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham proved to be her last international appearance for her country, specifically the emphatic 10-wicket victory against Sri Lanka on 04 August.
Du Preez previously retired from Test and One-Day Internationals (ODI) earlier in the year after taking part in the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Her statement is as follows: “Fifteen years of international cricket, WOW, what a blessing it has been…
“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.
“My cricketing journey has been nothing short of a crazy rollercoaster ride with all the ups and downs, but oh boy, it was one hell of a ride, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world… To the cricket world, this is not goodbye, it’s just see you later! Lots of love and endless smiles,” she concluded.
The Tshwane-born star broke into the T20I set up in August 2007, seven months after making her South African debut as a 17-year-old in ODI cricket. The now 33-year-old has played in 114 T20Is, scoring 1, 805 runs at an average of 20.98, including seven half-centuries and a high score of 69 against Ireland at Solihull in 2014.