South Africa's Faf du Plessis Announces Retirement From Test Cricket
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Faf du Plessis announced that he is retiring from Test cricket
He said he will shift his focus to T20s, with two World Cups lined up
He represented South Africa in 69 Test matches
South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis on Wednesday announced that he is retiring from Test cricket. "My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter," the former South Africa captain wrote in a post on Instagram, where he also shared a statement on his decision. With two T20 World Cups in the next two years, Du Plessis said he is shifting his focus to the shortest format of the game. "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," he wrote in his statement.
"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," he added.
"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," Du Plessis wrote.
He represented South Africa in 69 Tests and scored 4163 runs at an average of 40.02. He scored 10 centuries and registered his highest score of 199 in 2020.
He had a memorable Test debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2012, when he scored 78 in the first inning and followed it up with a maiden Test century in the second.
His final Test came in Rawalpindi against Pakistan earlier this month.