8th July 2022
South Africa Cricket Star Lizelle Lee retired from International Cricket. She took to social media on Friday, 8th July to announce her retirement. The 30-year old Lizelle Lee has represented South Africa in 184 matches, accumulating 5253 runs across formats that included four centuries.
She made her debut in September 2013 and got a name for herself as a fiery opener and has remained in the top 20 ICC Rankings for Women’s ODI batters since 2016. She has also reigned supreme as the No.1 ODI batter in 2018 and 2021.
2021, in particular, was a fruitful year in the 50-over format for South Africa star. In 11 matches, she accumulated 632 runs at a stunning average of 90.28, including a century against India and five half-centuries. For her brilliant performances, she was awarded the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2021.
Lee was part of four of South Africa’s Women’s T20 World Cup campaigns and two editions of the Women’s World Cup.
“It is with a lot of mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” wrote Lizelle Lee in her post on Twitter.
“From a very young age, I have lived cricket and wanted to represent my country at the highest level. Over the past 8 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 and will continue to play domestic T20 cricket around the world.
“It has been an incredible journey and it would not have been possible without everyone who has supported me during my international career. I want to thank my family, especially my wife Tanja for all the sacrifices they have made for me to live out my dream to represent my country. (From ICC Website)