Makhaya Ntini, one of only ten oversees players to have taken ten wickets in a Test match at Lord’s, has retired from international cricket.
The 33-year-old fast bowler last played an international in the Durban Boxing Day Test against England last December.
He has since fallen out of favour with the selectors and has decided to call time on a career spanning 101 Tests, 179 One Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals.
Ntini was South Africa’s first black African cricketer and a hero to many in the post-apartheid era.
He is also the last oversees bowler and the only South African to have reached the Honours Boards at Lord’s for collecting ten wickets in a Test match.
His 390 Test wickets leave him second in South Africa’s list of all time wicket-takers, behind contemporary Shaun Pollock.
Arguably his finest moment came at the Home of Cricket in 2003 when match figures of 10-220 inspired Graeme Smith’s team to a thumping innings and 92-run win.
Bowling with typical gusto and menace, Ntini removed both openers - Marcus Trescothick and debutant captain Michael Vaughan - as England were dismissed for 175 on day one.
Ntini took 5-75 in the first innings before Smith inspired South Africa to a mammoth 682-6 declared with 259 - his second consecutive double century of the series and the highest score by an overseas player at Lord's.
Ntini then sealed his place in the history books, falling to his knees to kiss the turf, after taking his second five wicket haul, 5-145, in the second innings.
Ntini is still available for his franchise Border, but has already turned his thoughts towards life after playing.
In September he took the first steps towards establishing a Makhaya Ntini cricket academy in his native Eastern Cape.
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