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Hashim Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest ever batsmen, has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Amla, who most recently played at the World Cup, will continue to play domestic cricket and will be available for this year’s Mzansi Super League.
Amla leaves international cricket with the most ODI hundreds by a South Africa player as he scored 27. Among them, 24 came in games that the Proteas won.
Amla represented South Africa in 181 ODIs and scored 8,113 runs at an average of 49.46.
He also accumulated 9,282 runs, which included 28 centuries and 41 fifties, in 124 Tests at an average of 46.64.
In the longest format, Amla holds the record for being the first South African player to score a triple century as he struck a magnificent 311 not out against England at The Oval in July 2012.
As for his Twenty20 International career, he scored 1,277 runs, which included eight half-centuries, at an average of 33.60.
“Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,” Amla was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.
“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun. Also, my family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!
“The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!
“And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Mr Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful.
“Love and peace.”