South Africa’s Ryan McLaren Retires From First-Class Cricket at 35
South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren has set his focus on the white-ball cricket which eventually saw him announcing his retirement from the first-class cricket. The 35-year-old Proteas bowling all-rounder has made his mind on Thursday (January 31), to hang his boots.
Optimistic Mclaren has expressed delight while cherishing his journey with the Proteas. He added it’s gratifying to have shared a dressing room alongside a few veterans of South Africa.
“The time has come for me to retire from first-class cricket. I’m grateful to share a change-room with some of the best our country has produced,” Mclaren revealed through a screengrab on Twitter.
The Kimberley-born McLaren, who represented Eagles, reiterated he has subsequently learned when to call time on his cricketing career.
The prominent figure Mclaren in the first-class set-up has bagged 459 wickets at the average of 27.61 in 154 matches. He amassed 6298 runs at the average of 33.86. The left-handed batsman has seven centuries and 33 fifties under his belt in the first-class circuit.
“I have learned from many to know when it’s the right time,” it added.
Moreover, Mclaren has expressed gratitude for unconditional support from his family and people from a professional point of view. He asserted it has been a great learning curve as he is solely focused on featuring in the limited-overs cricket.
“Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the support I have had from my wife, family, coaches and teammates both in SA and in county cricket. I have absolutely loved every part of what this game has taught me…time for some white ball fun now,” screengrab further maintained.
Also, Mclaren made his first-class debut in 2003 for Easterns under the leadership of Allan Donald, before enjoying his county stint in England. Between 2005 and 2014, Mclaren represented Knights and eventually spent a brief time with Dolphins in the domestic leg.
Between 2009 and 2014, Mclaren had done his job fairly for the Proteas. However, he couldn’t make it to the 2015 World Cup squad hosted by Australia and New Zealand jointly, owing to a healthy competition within the team.
The right-arm medium pacer featured in 54 ODIs, 12 T20Is and two Tests for South Africa. Across formats, he claimed 100 scalps and had a solitary 50 to his name in the 50-over format.
Here’s the Tweet (screen grab) from Ryan Mclaren:
— Ryan Mclaren (@ryanmac23) January 31, 2019
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