Former SA captain Faf du Plessis announces his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect

17 February 2021 - 09:54
Faf du Plessis of South Africa being congratulated by the Sri Lanka players after being caught on 199 during day 3 of the 1st Test between SA and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on December 28 2020 in Pretoria.
Faf du Plessis of South Africa being congratulated by the Sri Lanka players after being caught on 199 during day 3 of the 1st Test between SA and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on December 28 2020 in Pretoria.
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Former SA captain Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect and says he intends to make the T20s his priority.

The 36-year-old former captain made his Test debut against Australia in 2012 at the Adelaide Oval where he helped the Proteas to a draw by scoring an unforgettable 110 from 375 balls in the second innings.

He made 69 appearances in this format for the Proteas, notching up 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries‚ and ends his career with 4,163 runs scored at an average of 40.02.

His last Test match was in the 95 run loss to Pakistan in Rawalpindi where Quinton de Kock was stand-in captain.

“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter‚” said Du Plessis in a statement on Wednesday morning.

“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 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.

“I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer to the Proteas in this format. This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in my plans. I’m just making T20 the priority in the short term.

“For now‚ I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who had an influence on my Test career. I would like to thank my wife and family in particular – I would not have been able to do without the support during the unforgettable journey that Test cricket has taken me. To my coaches‚ teammates and the support staff over the years‚ I would like to give a note of thanks and of course to Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to be able to represent and lead my country in this pinnacle of the game we all love.”

Du Plessis‚ who finished with a decent Test captaincy record of 18 wins and 15 losses‚ said he wanted to call time on his career against Australia in the three-match series that was scheduled for later this month.

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