Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test Cricket to focus primarily in T20Is

Faf du Plessis: '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 time is right to walk into a new chapter,' Faf du Plessis posted.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 17, 2021 12:22 IST
Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test Cricket to focus primarily in T20Is
Faf du Plessis during Test series against Pakistan. (Getty Images)

Faf du Plessis retired: While Mr. 360 degree AB de Villiers is celebrating his 37th Birthday, the former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday announces his retirement from Test cricket to focus primarily on his career in the shortest formats. He gets retired from Test cricket after 69 appearances in the red-ball format. With no Test cricket in the most recent for the Proteas, du Plessis wants to 'walk into a new chapter' and will be aiming for the Twenty20 cricket, keeping in mind the two ICC Cricket World Cups scheduled to commence in 2021 and 2022.

The 36-year-old rookie batsman makes the announcement through a statement on his official Instagram page. "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 time is right to walk into a new chapter," Faf du Plessis posted.

"I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessing bestowed on me." More on Faf du Plessis' retirement announcement,'' ICC tweeted.

"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. 

"The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. Because of this my focus is shifting to this format...," he said.

Faf du Plessis (Getty Images)

Faf du Plessis has played 69 Tests, scoring 4163 runs at a healthy average of 40.02. He stepped down as South Africa's Test and T20 captain last year after taking over the captaincy duties from the birthday boy AB de Villiers back in 2016.