South Africa news May 20, 2013

Persistent injuries force Zondeki to retire

ESPNcricinfo staff

South African fast bowler Monde Zondeki has decided to retire from all forms of cricket following persistent back-injury problems. He was advised that even a major back surgery wouldn't be enough to help him get back to play competitive cricket. Zondeki, who is one of the five black cricketers to have represented South Africa in Tests, played six Tests, 13 ODIs and one T20I.

"The prognosis by his doctors is that Monde has multiple level degenerative changes in his lumbar spine and that it is highly unlikely that his back would stand up to sustained fast bowling," Andre Odendaal, the chief executive of Cobras, said.

Zondeki last played an international match in 2008 and has remained out of action since October 2012. "It's been a good innings for me, though at times frustrating because of the injuries, and I look forward to remaining involved and giving back to the game in future," Zondeki said. "I owe the different provinces I have played for and my team mates over the years a special word of thanks."

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  • Gordon on May 21, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    His Test stats show he was a really good bowler. He was also nice and fast. I was cheering him on to make his Test fifty that time and I was so glad that he made it. He showed true grit with the willow at the high level. Thank you for what you have done for Cricket in South Africa over the years.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Well played regardless of misfortune. Although I have not much memories of you but whatever they are, make me respect you as a very good International Cricketer. Well Done!

  • Cliffontong on May 21, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Who cares about anything else he did in his career - he reached his pinnacle in his first innings with an incredible partnership with Kirsten to save SA from dire straits and set up a great test win.

  • Elayaraja on May 21, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    If I remember correctly, he took the wicket of Brian Lara once in a high scoring test match in Antigua.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    never to be forgotten how he and Gary Kirsten made an improbable lead into an impregnable one at Headingley '03. MZ rode his luck for 59, but it was a match winner. Hope the Cobras can keep him on in some coaching capacity.

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Fare ye well All Hands! :-)

  • John on May 20, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Brett Shultz was bad knees rather than back injuries.

  • Gerald on May 20, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @Gareth_Bain - That is right. Fast bowling is unfortunately hard on the body. A % will always be lost.

  • Shanmugam on May 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I remember this man. He was the main reason Eng. lost the Headingley test in 2003. Unfortunate that injuries robbed him off a promising and long career with SA. Hope he will have a great retirement.

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    This article reminded me of another black fast bowler from SA, with the name of M Ngam, all I remember of him is that he had a lovely free flowing action with good pace, but malntrition in the earlier years left him injury prone.

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