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Jacques Rudolph, former South Africa cricketer, to retire from all forms of the game

Jacques Rudolph, who has already given up captaincy in the four-day format, will lead Glamorgan in the Natwest T20 Blast following which he’ll hang up his boots.

cricket Updated: May 25, 2017 14:09 IST
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Former South Africa cricketer Jacques Rudolph has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.(Glamorgan Cricket/Twitter)

Former South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph has decided to retire from all formats of the game by the end of the 2017 season, citing form and family concerns as the main reasons behind the decision.

Rudolph, who had last played for South Africa in 2012, had struck a double hundred on his Test debut. He scored 2,622 runs in 48 Tests for the Proteas while scoring another 1,174 in 43 One-Day Internationals (ODI). He played just one Twenty20 International for his country and was unbeaten on six.

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“The time feels right to call an end to my playing career,” Sport24 quoted the former South African as saying. “I have been incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed playing the game I love for the last 20 years. But at the end of this summer it will be time to focus on a new venture away from cricket and spend more time with my young family.”

He had played for Yorkshire and Surrey before joining Glamorgan in 2014 and led them in every tournament in the last two years. He has already stepped down as captain from the four-day format but will continue to lead the side in the Natwest T20 Blast until he retires.

Australian seamer Michael Hogan has been handed the captaincy duties for Glamorgan after Rudolph stepped down.

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“I really want to focus these last 10 games on my batting,” BBC quoted him as saying. “It’s been a little bit disappointing for me in red ball cricket that I haven’t been able to hit the form and the standards that I aspire to. If I just look back at last year, at the start of the season I was, honestly, very adamant we had a very strong group of players and we could really push for promotion.”

First Published: May 25, 2017 14:09 IST