South Africa news January 31, 2014

Johann Louw announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Johann Louw, the Cape Cobras medium-pacer, has said he will retire as a professional cricketer at the end of the ongoing South African domestic season.

Louw, 34, played three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals for South Africa in 2008 and 2009, but he built his career as a first-class cricketer. Louw played 145 first-class games, taking 443 wickets at 29 apiece, and 216 wickets in 163 List A games since 2000-01. He represented teams in South Africa and England: Boland, Cobras, Dolphins, Eagles, Eastern Province, Griqualand West, Middlesex and Northamptonshire. He has been credited with aiding the development of several Cobras youngsters, including Beuran Hendricks, who now finds himself on the fringes of national selection.

"As this journey comes to an end I am forever grateful for such a long and enjoyable 14-year career." Louw said. "There were lessons learned and memories made that will last me a life time. From my early days at Griquas to the Dolphins and then finishing an era at the Cape Cobras, where we have been so prolific over the past five seasons, the experiences will be with me forever.

"I would like to thank a few people for their significant contribution to my career. Firstly, as an early mentor Kepler Wessels was really outstanding. Learning from Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener during my days with the Dolphins was probably the biggest privilege and rounded me as a cricketer.

"I want to also say a particular thank you to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, the Dolphins and a special mention to the Cape Cobras for their belief in me and for the unwavering support over the years."