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Former South African skipper Faf Du Plessis announces retirement from Test cricket

Rida Shaikh

Former South African captain Faf Du Plessis recently announced his retirement from Test Cricket. He made the big announcement on Wednesday and said that his 'heart is clear' and 'it seems like the right time to walk into a new chapter of life.'

Faf Du Plessis announced his retirement through an Instagram post. He wrote, "My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter."

His entire statement read:

"It has been a year of refinement in the fire for us all. Uncertain were the times, but they brought clarity for me in many aspects. 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 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 the captain 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 as today. In all things, those instances worked towards the good of who I believe I am today. "

Faf Du Plessis also explained his decision to retire from test cricket and said that he wanted to focus on shorter formats of the game as the upcoming years consist of T20 World Cup matches.

He wrote, "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 had a memorable test cricket career filled with several accomplishments. He played sixty-nine test matches for South Africa and scored 4163 runs at an average of 40.02. He scored ten centuries and his highest score was 199 in 2010. He played his final test match in Rawalpindi against Pakistan earlier in February.


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