JOHANNESBURG: South African pacer Morne Morkel announced that he will hang up his boots from international cricket after the upcoming test series against Australia.
According to Sky Sports, the Proteas confirmed the news regarding his retirement from international cricket in a statement.
“It was an extremely tough decision but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter,” he said.
He added, “I have a young family and a foreign wife, and the current demanding international schedule has put a lot of strain us. I have to put them first and this decision will only benefit us going forward.”
The bowlers said that he will not bid farewell to the sport completely.
“I still feel there is a lot of cricket left in me and I am excited for what lies ahead,” Morkel said.
“For now, all of my energy and focus is on helping the Proteas win the upcoming series against Australia,” he added.
Story first published: 26th February 2018