South Africa’s former Skipper, Faf du Plessis, today announced his retirement from Test cricket.
The 36-year-old made the announcement on Wednesday (February 17), a few days after Australia’s tour of South Africa was shelved because of the ongoing covid-19 situation in South Africa.
He confirmed the retirement via his official Instagram account.
“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 du Plessis said.
“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter.” he further added.
He had a memorable Test debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2012, when he scored 78 in the first inning and followed it up with a maiden Test century in the second.
His final Test came in Rawalpindi against Pakistan earlier this month. He went on to hit ten centuries and 21 half-centuries in Tests, ending with 4163 runs at an average of 40.02, and registered his highest score of 199 in 2020.