Monday, December 5, 2022

Cricket Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh (38) retires from international cricket

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Dutch international Stephan Myburgh retires from international cricket. He wants to spend more time with his family. Also at club level, the 38-year-old lefthander will only play sporadically.

Myburgh already said goodbye to the long game variant (50 overs) in April 2022, but now also stops with T20 cricket. He does this at a good moment: during the T20 World Cup, the Netherlands not only reached the second round (Super 12), but even achieved fourth place in the group – a unique event in cricket history. In the final game against South Africa, which was won very surprisingly, Myburgh opened very well, with 37 runs from thirty balls.

“My wife is a teacher and we have a beautiful daughter. I would like to spend more time with them during the summer holidays. That means that in principle I will also stop playing club cricket. At most, I will play a game now and then,” Myburgh explains his decision. “I had a fantastic time with the Netherlands and would like to thank my teammates and coaches with whom I have worked over the years.”

Stephan Myburgh was born in South Africa in 1984, but has lived in the Netherlands for years. He made his debut for the Northerns in South Africa in 2006 and for the Dutch cricket team in September 2011 in The Hague. Over the years he played 22 One Day Internationals for the Netherlands. In it he made 527 runs with an average of 26.35. In addition, he played in 45 T20Is in which he scored 915 runs with a strike rate of 114.51.

Myburgh is a very attacking left-handed lead batsman. Many will remember Myburgh’s performance at the 2014 T20 World Cup. The Orange then had to surpass Ireland’s 190 runs in 14.2 overs to reach the Super 10. With the (at the time) second fastest half century (in seventeen balls) and ultimately 63 runs in 23 balls, Myburgh laid the foundation for an unlikely victory. The Super 10 game against England then went 133-88, thanks in part to 39 runs from 31 balls from Myburgh.

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