Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has retired from Test cricket and can concentrate on the Twenty20 format.
Faf du Plessis
The 36-year-old batsman scored 4,163 runs at an average of 40.02 in 69 Tests since making his debut in 2012.
“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years,” he mentioned in a statement.
“Due to this, my focus is shifting to this format and I wish to play as a lot of it as potential around the globe so I will be the perfect participant I can probably be.”
Du Plessis scored 10 Test centuries, with the primary – on debut – an unbeaten 110 in nearly eight hours to assist South Africa safe and exhilarating draw towards Australia in Adelaide. He made 199 – his Test-best score – towards Sri Lanka at Centurion in December, however, managed only 55 runs in 4 innings within the 2-0 series defeat by Pakistan that ended this month.
“My coronary heart is obvious and the time is correct to stroll into a brand-new chapter,” mentioned Du Plessis, who took over as Test captain in 2016 and led South Africa in 36 Tests earlier than standing down final 12 months.
“If somebody had advised me 15 years in the past that I’d play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captain the aspect, I would not have believed them.
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“I stand in a spot of utmost gratitude for a Test profession filled with blessings bestowed on me.”
The T20 World Cup in India begins in October and the 2022 version a 12 months later in Australia. I strongly imagine I’ve quite a bit to supply to the Proteas on this format,” mentioned Du Plessis, who has performed 143 one-day internationals and 50 T20s for South Africa.
“This doesn’t imply that ODI cricket is not within the plans. I am simply making T20 cricket the precedence within the quick time period.