South African all-rounder Albie Morkel on Wednesday announced retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 37. The speedster took to Twitter to announce his retirement saying he'll "enjoy the game now from the other side". He said “That’s the end for me and what a journey it’s been! Plenty of memories good and bad, but I was blessed with a very long career.”

The left-handed batsman thanked the South African cricket association and his local club Titans in his retirement tweet. He played 58 ODIs and 50 T20 Internationals for the Proteas, in a career that cumulatively spanned almost two decades. The 37-year-old was revered for his explosive batting, often capable of changing the course of games with his aggression. 

Morkel was also a massive fan favourite in the Indian Premier League, where he played for Chennai Super Kings from 2008-2013 and helped them win back to back titles in 2010 and 2011. He last featured for South Africa in a T20 game against India in 2015. 

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