Veteran South African cricketer Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from a nine-year-long Test career. du Plessis stormed into the Test format in 2012 in a clash between the Proteas and Australia. The right-hand middle-order batsman has represented South Africa in 69 Test matches, scoring 4163 runs at an average of 40.02.
“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,” du Plessis wrote on an Instagram post announcing his retirement.
“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,” he wrote.
Plessis further informed that now that he has announced his retirement from the longest format of the game, he would be shifting his attention to T20 cricket given the T20 World Cups to happen in the coming two years.
“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,” he added.
A consistent and a classy player, Faf du Plessis, who is only the fourth Proteas player to smash a century on his Test debut, took up the role of the Test team captain in 2016, and subsequently became the team captain in all the formats of the game.
“Faf has been a prolific Test cricketer for the Proteas for a number of years now and to lose him in this format is going to leave another big gap in the team. His commitment to the team has always been undoubtedly and his transparency with Cricket South Africa about his plans has always been appreciated and we respect his decision, knowing he would not have come by it easily,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) director Graeme Smith said on the 36-year old’s retirement.
“I would like to thank Faf on behalf of CSA for his years of service and dedication to the Proteas’ Test team and we look forward to engaging further with him on how he can continue contributing to the team in a meaningful way,” Smith concluded.