Ntini retires from international cricket

He was the first black cricketer to represent his country and went on to take 390 Test wickets - second on South Africa's all-time list and 11th in the history of the game.

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JOHANNESBURG // The fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has announced his retirement from international cricket but will play for South Africa one final time in a Twenty20 international against India early next year.

Ntini said he was retiring from all formats in internationals, but would continue playing for his provincial team.

Ntini, 33, who last represented his country in December 2009, said: "Today is the day that nobody wants to happen in their careers and say goodbye to cricket."

Cricket South Africa insisted Ntini "will say goodbye in Proteas colours" in a send-off game on January 9.

Ntini played 101 Tests and 173 ODIs in an 11-year international career. He leaves as South Africa's second highest wicket-taker in Tests with 390.