Former South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph, on Wednesday (May 24), announced he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing English season.
The 36-year old left-handed batsman has also stepped down as Glamorgan skipper for the County Championship but will continue to lead the team in T20s until his retirement.
“The time feels right to call an end to my playing career,” Rudolph said.
“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,” added the batsman who joined Glamorgan in 2014.
BREAKING NEWS 🎙️// Captain @Jacques_Rudolph has announced he will retire from all cricket at the end of the summer.
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— Glamorgan Cricket 🏏 (@GlamCricket) May 24, 2017
Rudolph, whose last Test appearance for the Proteas came in 2012 against Australia, made his first-class debut in 1997-98. He made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh and had scored an unbeaten 222.
He represented South Africa in 35 Tests between 2003 and 2006 before signing a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire in 2007 which made him ineligible for national selection. He later returned to the national team in 2011 and went on to play 11 Tests before being dropped in 2012.
Speaking about his experience while playing at Glamorgan, Rudolph said:
“The last four years at Glamorgan have been special and I’ve enjoyed playing for the club along with developing a spirit and culture with Robert Croft and Hugh Morris that I believe will help the club in years to come.
“I still want to help Glamorgan achieve success on the field this season and finish my time with the club, and end my career, on a high. The NatWest T20 Blast gives us an opportunity to make this a successful season, so I look forward to scoring more runs in both Championship and T20 and again leading our challenge towards NatWest Blast Finals Day,” he further added.
Rudolph also played 45 One-Day Internationals and made one T20 international appearance for South Africa. He scored 2622 and 1174 runs in Tests and ODIs, respectively. In his first-class career, the left-hander has so far played 287 matches, scoring 19,510 runs with the help of 50 centuries and 93 fifties.