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Last Updated:  Saturday, 8 March, 2003, 11:33 GMT
Donald calls it quits
Allan Donald
South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Donald, who bowed out of the Test arena last year, opted to quit the one-day game after his side's early exit from the World Cup.

The 36-year-old earned 164 one-day caps since making his debut against India during the 1991/2 tour of the sub-continent.

He took a total of 272 wickets at an average of 21.78, with best figures of six for 23.

"It's time to move on," said Donald. "It's been a wonderful ride. There's been more ups than downs.

"I played in four World Cups. It's been fantastic to have gone around the world and played against the best players in the world and achieve what I've achieved." The ageing fast bowler, nicknamed "White Lightning", had been deemed by many a controversial pick for the World Cup.

He struggled in his side's early group games, taking a single wicket for 133 runs before being dropped for the final game against Sri Lanka.

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Donald admitted some of the criticism had been deserved, but said: "That's professional sport - it gets very hot in the kitchen.

"I set high standards for myself and sometimes I haven't reached them."

Donald will continue to play domestic cricket as the captain of Free State for the next two seasons.

He is also set to work as a technical assistant with South Africa's Under-19s and could be used as a bowling coach with the full national team.

As well as flourishing for South Africa at one-day level, Donald led his country's bowling attack for a decade after their return to the Test arena.

In 72 Tests, he took a total of 330 wickets at 22.25 apiece. His best performance came in Harare in 1995 when he took eight for 71 against Zimbabwe.




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