Former captain of South Africa Faf du Plessis on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from Test Cricket. He went to his official Instagram account to confirm his decision.
“My heart is clear and the time is right to enter a new chapter,” Du Plessis wrote as he shared his statement.
“It was a year of improvement in the fire for all of us. The times were uncertain, but they brought clarity to me in many ways. My heart is pure and the time is right to enter a new chapter. It is an honor to play for my country in all formats of the game, but the time has come to withdraw from test cricket, “du Plessis wrote in his retirement statement.
“If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would play 69 test matches for South Africa and captain the country, I would not have believed them. I stand still with the greatest gratitude for the core of the test, full of blessings given to me. “Every high and low has shaped me into the person I am proud to be with today. In any case, these cases have worked in favor of what I believe I am today.”
Du Plessis also said that he has decided to withdraw from the longest format of the game to focus on the upcoming editions of the T20 World Cup in 2021 and 2022.
“The next two years are the years of the ICC T20 World Cup. That’s why my focus is on this format and I want to play as much of it around the world as possible so that I can be the best player I can be. I strongly believe that I have something to offer Proteas in this format. This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in the plans, I am just making T20 cricket a priority in the short term, “du Plessis wrote.
“I will talk to the CSA over the next few months about what the future might look like for me next year to find a solution that works for both of us.
“For now, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has had an impact on my test career. I would like to point out in particular my wife and family – I would not have been able to do without their support during the unforgettable journey. Test Cricket took me, To my coaches, teammates and support staff over the years, you would like to thank and, of course, Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to represent and lead my country to the top of the game we all love. it was an amazing journey with many stories that I look forward to sharing one day. “
Faf du Plessis appeared for South Africa in 69 tests, scoring 4,163 tracks with an average of 40. He scored 10 centuries and 21 half centuries in his test career, with the highest score of 199 against Sri Lanka, which came last year in December.