Faf du Plessis retires from Test cricket to focus on T20 World Cup

Faf du Plessis retires from Test cricket to focus on T20 World Cup
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“Making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term” keeping in mind the two World Cups, he says

South  Africa star batsman Faf du Plessis has called it a day in Test cricket. Du Plessis, who played 69 Tests for South Africa, announced his retirement from the format on Wednesday.

South African star Cricketer, Faf Du Plessis retires from Test Cricket format on Wednesday, played 69 Tests for South Africa, format on Wednesday.

The right-hander captained his country in 36 Tests and scored 10 Test centuries for the Proteas. He led South Africa in 36 of his 69 Test matches, winning 18 and losing 15.

The 36-year-old bows out of the format with an average of 40.02 and a high score of 199 in his illustrious career for South Africa.

That high score came just two months ago as he helped South Africa to a total of 621 against Sri Lanka at Centurion, but unfortunately, he had to walk off to the pavilion at 199.

Du Plessis will continue to be available for national selection in limited-overs cricket.

"To lose him in this format is going to leave another big gap in the team," Smith said of du Plessis.
“To lose him in this format is going to leave another big gap in the team,” Smith said of du Plessis. Via: Getty Images

“It has been a year of refinement in the fire for us all,” du Plessis said in a statement posted on social media.”

“Uncertain were the times, but they brought clarity for me in many respects. My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter. 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.”


“If someone had told me 15 years ago, that I would play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captain the side, I wouldn’t have believed them. I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessing bestowed on me.”

“Every high and low has shaped me into the man I am proud to stand as today. In all things, those instances worked towards the good of who I believe I am today.”

T20 focus

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

“I will be in conversation with CSA over the next couple of months on what the future might look like for me over the next year to find a solution that works for both of us.

“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 single out my wife and family in particular – I would not have been able to do without their support during the unforgettable journey that Test cricket has taken me on.

“To my coaches, teammates and 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 represent and lead my country in the pinnacle of the game we all love. It has been an incredible journey, with many stories that I look forward to one-day sharing.”

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