Faf du Plessis announces retirement from test cricket

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Faf du Plessis represented South Africa in 69 tests.© Instagram


South African batsman Faf du Plessis announced on Wednesday that he will retire 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 about his decision. With two T20 World Cups in the next two years, du Plessis said he is shifting his focus to the game’s shortest format. “It has been an honor to play for my country in all formats of the game, but the time has come to withdraw from Test cricket,” he wrote in his statement.

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“If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would play 69 test games for South Africa and be captain, I would not have believed them. I am in a place of great gratitude for a testing career that blessed me,” he added to.

“The next two years will be ICC T20 World Cup years. This shifts my focus to this format and I want to play as many from around the world as possible so that I can be the best player I can be,” du Plessis wrote.

Faf du Plessis represented South Africa in 69 tests, scoring 4163 runs with an average of 40.02. He has scored 10 centuries and registered his highest score of 199 in 2020.

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He had a memorable Test debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2012 when he scored 78 in the first inning and continued with a first Test century in the second.

His last test came in Rawalpindi against Pakistan earlier this month.

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