Ryan McLaren retires from first-class cricket

South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren has announced his retirement from first-class cricket with immediate effect.

Mclaren retires
McLaren, the 35-year old all-rounder announced on Thursday via Twitter that he is quitting from first-class cricket. However, he will continue to play limited-overs cricket.

McLaren wrote on his Twitter

“I have learned from many to know when it’s the right time. The time has come for me to retire from first-class cricket. I’m grateful to share a changeroom with some of the best our country has produced. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the support I have had from my wife, family, coaches and teammates both in SA and in county cricket. I have absolutely loved every part of what this game has taught me… time for some white ball fun now.”

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The all-rounder has played two Tests, 54 ODIs and 12 T20Is for South Africa with his last appearance for the national side coming in November 2014.

In the first-class cricket, McLaren has played  154 first-class matches averaging 33.86 scoring seven centuries. While with the ball, he picked up  459 wickets at an average of 27.61. He also featured for Kent, Hampshire and Lancashire in England’s Country Cricket.

McLaren played his last first-class match for  Knights in South Africa’s domestic four-day competition earlier this month against Cape Cobras.

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