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South Africa batter Lizelle Lee announces international retirement

The 30-year-old is her country’s all-time leading scorer in Twenty20s.

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South Africa batter Lizelle Lee is stepping down from international cricket (John Walton/PA)

South Africa batter Lizelle Lee is stepping down from international cricket (John Walton/PA)

South Africa batter Lizelle Lee is stepping down from international cricket (John Walton/PA)

South Africa batter Lizelle Lee has announced her international retirement just three days out from the start of the Proteas’ one-day series against England.

The 30-year-old finishes with 184 appearances to her name in all formats and is her country’s all-time leading scorer in Twenty20s, amassing 1,896 runs in 82 matches.

Only the recently-retired Mignon Du Preez has made more ODI runs for South Africa than Lee, who registered nought and 36 in the one-off drawn Test against England last week in her final international match.

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Lizelle Lee is South Africa’s all-time leading Twenty20 runscorer (David Davies/PA)

Lizelle Lee is South Africa’s all-time leading Twenty20 runscorer (David Davies/PA)

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Lizelle Lee is South Africa’s all-time leading Twenty20 runscorer (David Davies/PA)

While her now former team-mates gear up for three ODIs against Heather Knight’s side in a multi-format series, the big-hitting Lee intends to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions around the world.

“It is with a lot of mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” she said.

“From a very young age, I have lived cricket and wanted to represent my country at the highest level.

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“Over the past eight years I was able to live that dream and I feel I have given everything I could to the Proteas.

“I feel that I am ready for the next phase in my career. It has been an incredible journey.”


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