South African international cricketer and Former captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from test format on Wednesday. Du Plessis said that with two T20 World Cups in the next two years, he is switching his focus to the game's shortest format.
"My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter," Du Plessis posted his retirement news on Instagram.
Du Plessis also shared a statement on his decision regarding retirement; he wrote, "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 captained the side, I wouldn't have believed them. I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessings bestowed on me. 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."
Faf has played in 69 Tests for South Africa and scored 4163 runs, averaging 40.02. He has scored 10 test centuries and registered his highest test score of 199 in 2020.
He had an unforgettable test debut against Australia in 2012, where he scored 78 runs in the 1st inning and followed his first test century in the 2nd.
His most recent test took place in Rawalpindi against Pakistan earlier this month.
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