South Africa news January 30, 2016

Neil McKenzie retires from all cricket

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Neil McKenzie scored over 8000 List A runs © Getty Images

Former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. McKenzie had already retired from first-class cricket in March, but continued playing limited-overs cricket for his franchise Lions.

The franchise has agreed to release McKenzie from his contract with immediate effect. The batsman is currently a part of the Virgo Super Kings franchise in the Masters Champions League, a tournament for retired players, and played his first match in the tournament on January 29.

McKenzie scored 8571 runs at an average of 37.92 in his 298 List A matches and 3357 runs in his 155 domestic T20s. The Lions have agreed to release McKenzie from his contract with immediate effect.

"Cricket has given me a career, passion and terrific memories. Few players can say that they have been able to play at a professional level for this long and I am grateful for the opportunities, friendship and memories that I can take away from my playing career. The Bullring will always remain my home away from home and I hope to still be involved in the game at some level," McKenzie told sport24.

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  • Aaron Chaim on January 31, 2016, 23:42 GMT

    I have been watching Neil for over 25 years as his school was about 5 minutes away from my house. King Edwards VII had a very good side in those days which included (as far as I remember) Nic Pothas, Larry Philips, Adam Bacher, Anthony Pollock, David Bacher, Andrew Pollock and Jonathan Dakin. But Neil was the star of the team. And as we know he's never looked back. He's has ups and downs but has been a consistent performer throughout.

  • JAYANTH on January 30, 2016, 18:27 GMT

    an international career which spanned a decade.. neil made most of the opportunities provided to him. well remembered for that 1st wicket stand of 418 vs Bangladesh alongside smith

  •   Chandrasekhar Kartik on January 30, 2016, 17:39 GMT

    Always felt McKenzie along with Herschelle Gibbs ahad a few more years of cricket left in them.With the awesome bench strength RSA possess,these guys should have been given a lot more chances along side names like Loots Bosman,Morne van Wijk etc. Salutations on a great career from an Indian fan,boet.

  • Lakpriya on January 30, 2016, 15:54 GMT

    he was a good player. like few Aus batsmen McKenzie played in a wrong era where SA team was blessed with class batsmen like Smith, Kallis, Prince, etc.. A solid player like him will be most welcomed in the current test team.

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