Stephan Myburgh, Netherlands’ allrounder, announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. After a glittering career that has seen him play for the Netherlands, Sussex, Somerset, and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia, he made the decision.
A left-handed batsman and bowler, Myburgh will be remembered as one of the most mercurial batters in world cricket. In his 35 Tests, he scored 2142 runs at an average of 37.41 and took 105 wickets at 30.36. He also represented Sussex in 14 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and captured 145 catches and 10 stumpings. Stephan Myburgh’s retirement is a major loss for international cricket; his distinct batting style will be sorely missed.
Stephan Myburgh announces retirement from international cricket
Stephan Myburgh has announced his retirement from international cricket. The allrounder announced on his Twitter account that he has “had a great time” playing for the Netherlands but feels it is now time to move on to other things.
Myburgh made his debut for the Netherlands in 2006 and went on to make 136 appearances, scoring 2186 runs with the highest score of 190 not out. He was a regular on the side throughout the late 2000s and 2010s, making appearances at both Test and One-Day International levels. His final international match came in October 2017 against Hong Kong.
The Netherlands player who defied expectations
Stephan Myburgh announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday a shock announcement that stunned the cricketing world. The Netherlands player had been tipped to play a key role in the team’s upcoming World Cup campaign, but instead, he has decided to step away from the sport.
Myburgh, only 26 years old, made his debut for the Netherlands in 2013 and has since taken part in every major tournament. He was named in the squad for the World Cup last year but was ultimately unused as the team finished bottom of their group. This year, however, Myburgh was expected to be a key member of the side as they looked to improve their results from 2016.
However, Myburgh has now announced his retirement from international cricket with just one game remaining in the Americas tour. In a statement released by Cricket Netherlands, Myburgh said: “I have enjoyed my time playing for my country and am grateful for all of the support I have received during my career. However, I have decided that this is now definitely my last season and I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends.”
Many were left surprised by Myburgh’s decision to retire before even having had a chance to experiment with new techniques or strategies at the senior level. Dutch captain Jean-Paul School said: “It came as a big surprise when Stephan told us about his decision today – he didn’t give us any indication.
What will Stephan Myburgh do next?
Stephan Myburgh has announced his retirement from international cricket. In a press conference on Thursday morning, the allrounder decided to focus on domestic cricket.
Myburgh played for the Netherlands in all three formats of the game and was part of the team that qualified for the Cricket World Cup 2019. He also played for South Africa and Bangladesh and had a successful Test career with 57 catches and 106 wickets.
In his final international match against Oman, he scored an unbeaten 73 off 117 balls, which helped the Netherlands win. After announcing his retirement, Myburgh said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends.
Stephan Myburgh has announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately. The 28-year-old left-handed batsman made his debut for the Netherlands in 2012 and has since played 12 Test matches and 43 ODIs. He is the second-highest run scorer for the Netherlands, with 1,544 runs at an average of 34.56.