New Zealand news December 10, 2015

Kruger van Wyk announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kruger van Wyk played nine Tests for New Zealand © AFP

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk, who played nine Tests for his adopted home, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He will return to South Africa, his country of birth, to take up the role of Director of Cricket at the University of Pretoria's TuksCricket Academy.

"While it always a tough decision, I feel the time is right to take on an opportunity outside of playing the game, working as Director of Cricket at Pretoria's TuksCricket Academy," said the 35-year-old van Wyk.

"I'm extremely privileged to have lived my dream as a professional cricketer for the past 17 years and I would like to thank my family and friends for all their love and support during this chapter. My proudest moment was representing New Zealand at Test level, and I'm eternally grateful and indebted to New Zealand for the opportunity it has provided me and my family."

Having played first-class cricket in South Africa since the 2000-01 season, Van Wyk moved to New Zealand in 2006. He earned a call-up to the national side in 2012, and made his Test debut against South Africa in 2012. He played nine Tests, scoring 341 runs at an average of 21.31, with one half-century, a 71 against India in Bangalore in 2012.

Van Wyk represented Northerns and Titans in South African domestic cricket, and Canterbury and Central Districts in New Zealand.