Former South African captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday (17).
Du Plessis, 36, confirmed his decision in a post on his official Instagram account.
“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter.” he said.
“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. Because of this, my focus is shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can possibly be,”
“If someone had told me 15 years ago, that I would play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captained the side, I wouldn’t have believed them. I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessings bestowed on me,”
“It has been an honour to play for my country in all the formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from Test cricket,”
The right-handed batsman scored 4,163 runs in 69 Tests for South Africa at an average of 40.02, involving 10 centuries and 21 fifties.
He made his Test debut in 2012 against Australia. In that match, he scored a match-saving century in the fourth innings in Adelaide.
Du Plessis registered his highest score of 199 in 2020 against Sri Lanka at Centurion.
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