Former South African captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from test cricket on Wednesday.
Former South African captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from test cricket on Wednesday. He went to his official Instagram account to confirm his decision.
“My heart is clear and it is time to start a new chapter,” wrote du Plessis when sharing his statement.
“It was a year of refinement in the fire for all of us. The times were uncertain, but they brought clarity to me in many ways. My heart is clear and the time is right to enter a new chapter. It was an It is one for me I’m honored to play for my country in all game formats, but it’s time I retired 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 lead the team, I would not have believed them. I am in a place of greatest gratitude for a test coreer full of blessings. Me. Every high and low shaped me into the man I am proud to stand for today. In all things these examples have contributed to the good of who I believe I am today. “
Du Plessis went on to say that he made the decision to pull out of the longest format in the game to focus on the upcoming editions of the T20 World Cup in 2021 and 2022.
“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. That’s why I’m shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it around the world as possible so I can be the best player I can be.” I firmly believe that I have a lot to offer the Proteas in this format. This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer planned. I’m only making T20 cricket a short-term priority, “du Plessis wrote.
“I’ll be talking to CSA over the next few months about what the future might look like for me over the next year to find a solution that works for both of us
“Right now I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has influenced my testing career. I would like to single out my wife and family in particular – I couldn’t have done without their support.” During the unforgettable journey Test Cricket has taken on me, I would like to express my thanks to my coaches, teammates and support staff over the years and of course Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to represent and lead my country to the height of the Game we all love. It was an incredible journey with many stories that I will look forward to one day. “
Faf du Plessis appeared in 69 Tests for South Africa, scoring 4,163 runs averaging 40. In his testing career, he scored 10 centuries and 21 half centuries, with the highest score of 199 against Sri Lanka last December.