South African fast bowler, Dale Steyn has brought the curtain down on one of the greatest fast bowling Test careers of the modern era when he announced his retirement from red-ball cricket with immediate effect.

At the same time, he affirmed his support for Test match cricket as the ultimate form of the game, but, in explaining his decision, said that he had to take the decision that was in the best interests of prolonging his career.

He continues to be a nationally contracted player for the 2019/2020 season in white-ball cricket and therefore, remains available for both One-Day and T20 International cricket.

The 36 year-old played 96 test matches for the Proteas and took 439 wickets.