Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He contested 69 tests for South Africa with 4163 points at 40.02, including 10 centuries.
“My heart is clear and the time has come to enter a new chapter,” the former South African captain wrote in an Instagram post.
It has been a year of refinement on the go for all of us. Times were uncertain, but they brought me clarity in many ways. My heart is clear and the time has come to enter a new chapter. It has been an honor 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 ogo. that I would play 69 tryouts for South Africa and lead the team, I wouldn’t have believed them. I am in a place of greatest gratitude for a testing career full of blessings bestowed upon me. Every high and low made me the my I am proud to represent today. In all things, these instances have worked for the good of who I believe I am today.
The next two years are those of the ICC T20 World Cup. For this reason, I focus on this format and I’m not used to playing as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can be. I firmly believe that I have a lot to offer foreplay in this format. It doesn’t mean ODI cricket is no longer in the plans, I’m just making T20 cricket the priority in the short term.
I will be in conversation with the ASC over the next couple of months about what the future might look like for me over the next year to find a solution that works for both of us.
For now, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has had an influence on my Testing career. I would like to highlight in particular my wife and family – I could not have done without their support during the unforgettable journey that Test cricket has made for me. To my coaches, teammates and support staff over the years. I would also like to extend my thanks and of course to Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to be able to represent and lead my country to the top of the game we all love. It has been an amazing journey, with many stories that I look forward to sharing one day.
Du Plessis picked up good form in the 2015 World Cup, after becoming the second South African to score a T20I century after Richard Levi, in February of that year. He was among those devastated by South Africa’s semi-final loss.
Du Plessis led South Africa in two T20 world campaigns, in 2014 and 2016, and despite their return empty-handed from both, he confirmed his desire to keep the captain position.