South African drummer Lizelle Lee announces her international retirement

South African batsman Lizelle Lee has announced her international retirement three days before the start of the Proteas’ one-day series against England.

The 30-year-old finishes with 184 appearances to her name in all formats and is her country’s all-time leading scorer in Twenty20, amassing 1,896 runs in 82 matches.

Only recently retired Mignon Du Preez has made more ODI runs for South Africa than Lee, who recorded none and 36 in the single test against England last week in his final international.

Lizelle Lee is South Africa’s all-time leading scorer in Twenty20 (David Davies/PA)

As her now former teammates prepare for three ODIs against Heather Knight’s side in a multi-format series, hitter Lee intends to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions around the world.

“It is with great mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” she said.

“From an early age, I lived cricket and I wanted to represent my country at the highest level.

“For the past eight years I have been able to live that dream and I feel like I gave Proteas everything I could.

“I feel like I’m ready for the next phase of my career. It’s been an incredible journey.

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