South Africa news April 8, 2014

Zander de Bruyn announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zander de Bruyn, the South Africa allrounder who played three Tests in 2004, has announced his retirement from professional cricket. De Bruyn, 38, made his first-class debut in 1995-96 and in 242 games he has scored in excess of 14,000 runs with 29 centuries and picked up 285 wickets with his right-arm medium-pace.

He has also played 242 List A games, in which he has scored 6085 runs with six centuries and picked up 166 wickets. He amassed 125 T20s with a highest score of 95 and picked up 62 wickets. De Bruyn has represented several teams in his professional career, including his franchise Lions, Gauteng, MCC, Somerset, Surrey, Titans, Transvaal, Warriors, Worcestershire and Abahani Limited.

"A decision like this is not made overnight and it is something that I have given a lot of thought. I am eternally grateful for the career that I have been able to have in this sport and it is definitely something I am going to miss," de Bryun said.

"The Bidvest Wanderers (the Lions' home base) is an incredibly special place to me and although I have played for other teams, this has always been my home. I consider myself privileged to have been able to finish my career here and am happy to reminisce about the many change room memories and the incredible people I have met along the way. Cricket will always be close to my heart and I look forward to now supporting the boys from the sidelines."

De Bruyn's career took off when he joined Easterns in 2002, where he prospered under coach Ray Jennings. In 2003-04, he emulated Barry Richards by becoming only the second player in South African domestic cricket history to score 1000 runs in a SuperSport Series or Currie Cup season.

He was selected for the 2004 Test tour to India and his career began promisingly, with 83 on debut in Kanpur. He played the second Test in Kolkata and the first Test of the home series against England later that year, but that Test at Port Elizabeth turned out to be his last. He never made a fifty after his debut innings and picked up three wickets across the three games.

He then turned to county cricket as a Kolpak player, first signing for Worcestershire in 2005. He then moved to Somerset in 2008 where he established himself as a valuable senior player, averaging 53 in one-day games, before joining Surrey in 2010.

Greg Fredericks, CEO of Lions and Gauteng Cricket Board, commended De Bruyn on his career. "Having a career that spans over nearly two decades is not something that every cricketer is going to experience in their lives and I take my hat off to Zander for that," he said. "He has served Gauteng Cricket loyally and has been a true ambassador of the game. I wish him and his family all the best in the road ahead."

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  • Herman on April 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    As I attended Hoerskool Randburg with Zander, I followed his career with interest and was delighted when he played for SA. I have many memories of him singlehandedly destroying the opposition bowling with his elegant (yet fast scoring) batting and then opening the bowling and regularly taking a bunch of wickets. He was fast and could move the ball about wickedly.

    My favourite memory was when he still played for Helpmekaar Hoerskool shortly before coming to Randburg. Our coach was the umpire, and what Mr Kraffort knew about cricket was dangerous. One of our bowlers hit Zander's pad and despite the ball missing the stumps by a mile, we appealed loudly and incessantly, which was normally the cue for Kraffie to raise the finger. So he did. The look on Zander's face was priceless and I seem to remember him opening his mouth to protest, but as a boy taught to respect the umpire, he tucked his bat and walked off. Despite his good bowling later on, we won the match easily.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    What other said... An unfortunately timed career! I bet he wishes he was 25 now as he'd be a shoo-in for the test side!

  • Craig on April 8, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    All the best in the next chapter of your life. Thank you for your contribution to the game!

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    i will never ever forget when this 16 year old from Randburg high arrived at Zoo Lake Cricket club accompanied by his dad,,.. well done Zander...with what you have achieved young man .... you have done well.........

  • Alan on April 8, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    A good career; unlucky to coincide with the Kallis/Pollock years. Good luck Zander.

  • creebo on April 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Wow scoring 1000 runs in a domestic season ,what went wrong in his career ?

  • Ali on April 8, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Solid , allrounder ..

    would have made almost any other team in the world ....

    but his record looks like,,, He is to Kallis, what Stuart McGill was to Shane Warne ...

    But then again I have seen many SA allrounders who , look like a 2nd best to kallis !

    And Shaun Pollock did help his chances much either !