Faf du Plessis retires from Test cricket, wants to focus on T20 format

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Veteran South Africa cricketer Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from his Test career. The experienced 36-year-old batsman made the announcement on Wednesday (February 17). It is also noteworthy that, Australia’s tour of South Africa has been postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation in South Africa.

However, in a post on his official Instagram account, Faf du Plessis has confirmed the news as well. “My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter,” he added.

Faf du Plessis made his first appearance in the longer format for South Africa with a match-saving hundred in the fourth-innings in Adelaide back in 2012, and after that, he had played 69 games in Tests as well.

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“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,” he again shared.

Meanwhile, he took over Test captaincy from his teammate AB de Villiers in 2016 and captained the team in 36 matches before giving up the captaincy last January after their home series defeat to England. He finished his 2020 with a stunning 199 against Sri Lanka at Centurion.

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He has scored 4163 runs in the longest format and his runs came at an average of 40.02, which also included 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries as well. As the two T20 World Cups are coming up, the experienced batsman has decided to focus on the shortest format of the game.

“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. I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer to the Proteas in this format. This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in the plans. I am just making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term,” he added.

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