Faf calls time on Test cricket

17 February 2021 21:06:29 GMTPlus10

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket with the intention of focusing on the limited-overs formats.

Du Plessis made his Test debut back in Adelaide in South Africa's 2012-13 tour and struck 78 and 110 not out to earn the Player of the Match award.

He went on to make 69 appearances in the format, scoring 4163 runs at an average of 40.02 and he made centuries on ten occasions in his Test career.

In 2016 Du Plessis took the South Africa captaincy from AB de Villiers and led South Africa in 36 Test matches before stepping down after their home series with England this time last year.

The Proteas batsman has also been a regular in T20s and one-day-internationals and will remain available for selection in both formats, building up to the T20 World Cup taking place in India later this year.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: "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 blessings bestowed on me. Every high and low has shaped me into the man I am proud to stand up as today."

Meanwhile, South Africa are 9.00 to win the World Cup 2023.

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