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By Behindwoods News Bureau | Oct 25, 2018 11:02 AM
Dwayne bravo announces retirement from international cricket

Popular West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from international cricket. While he has called time on his international career, he will continue to play franchise T20 cricket across the globe.

The 35-year-old who made his debut in 2004, has played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is through his career. His last international appearance was more than two years ago, in a T20I against Pakistan in 2016.

"Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career," said Bravo in a statement to the media.

"However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players," he added.

Bravo played his last Test in 2010, and has gradually transformed into a limited overs specialist over the years. With a combination of big-hitting, athletic fielding, an assortment of slower balls and variations, Bravo made a huge dent in the 20 overs format of the game. Bravo was well known for being part of the Chennai Super Kings in IPL.

He ends with 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Tests, with three centuries, to go with 86 wickets at 39.83. In ODIs, he made 2968 runs at 25.36, with a strike-rate of 82.30, while taking 199 wickets at 29.51 with an economy rate of 5.41.