Theunis de Bruyn: I’ve had enough of South African cricket, but I’m not bitter

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Batsman Theunis de Bruyn will not be re-contracted by the Titans – or elsewhere – for South Africa’s 2023-24 domestic season.

De Bruyn retired from international cricket earlier this year. At the time, he didn’t necessarily stop playing for the Titans.

Earlier this month, chief executive officer Jacques Faul suggested de Bruyn’s Titans career was over. This week, de Bruyn confirmed retirement from domestic cricket as well.

“I want to move on with my life. I don’t want to play until I’m 36 or 37 years old and then try to do something else. I feel it is better to start this new chapter at 30 years old,” de Bruyn told Rapport.

De Bruyn played 13 Tests and two T20Is from 2017 and 2022. He was never capped in ODI cricket.

He hadn’t played Test cricket for several years prior to December 2022’s recall for the tour of Australia.

“It’s hard to explain, but it feels like I’ve had enough of South African cricket. I’ve always been ambitious, but I’m not bitter. I feel privileged to have had a career that I am proud of today,” he added.

“I would have liked to achieve a little more, but I am content to live with that regret.”

De Bruyn in the next SA20

De Bruyn, though, remains contracted by the Pretoria Capitals in franchise cricket ahead of the second edition of the SA20.

“It is now about how much cricket I need to still be competitive in the SA20. I have a two-year contract with the Capitals, with the option to renew for a third year,” he added.

“It’s not as if I still have to play cricket, and I won’t be on the lookout for opportunities in other T20 leagues. Cricket has been part of my life for a long time, but cricket is not my identity.”

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