Faf du Plessis retires from Test cricket

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The former South Africa caption Faf du Plessis has retired from Test cricket after players 69 matches. South Africa does not have any immediate matches in the future. So Faf du Plessis wants to “walk into a new chapter” and focus his attention on T20 cricket to ready for the two World Cups scheduled in 2021 and 2022.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 03: Faf du Pless is of South Africa talks to the media during his press conference during a One Day International Series Media Opportunity at Perth Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

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In a recent statement on Instagram, he said “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 respects. 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 the formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from Test cricket,”

Faf du Plessis posted a statement on his Instagram account where he said “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.

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“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 up to today. In all things, those instances worked towards the good of who I believe I am today.”

“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”.

“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,” he said. “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’m just making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term.

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“I will be in conversation with CSA over the next couple of months on what the future might look like for me over the next year to find a solution that works for both of us.”

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Faf du Plessis made his debut in Adelaide on South Africa’s 2012-12 tour where he was naed the player of the Match in the match where he scored 78 and 110 not out. He scored total of 4163 runs including 10 centuries and 21 hef-centuries in Tests Format at the average of 40.02

He became the Test caption succeeding AB de Villiers and led South Africa in 36 Tests before stepping down in February 2020 after the home series against England. South Africa wins 18 matches and lost 15 matches under his captaincy. He might gave up the Test cricket format but he will continue to be available for selection in both the limited-overs formats and has said that he is keen to be a part of the action at the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held later this year in India.

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“To lose him in this format is going to leave another big gap in the team,” Smith said of du Despite his emphasis on the shortest format. Meanwhile Faf du Plessis is not a par of any of the six squads that will compete in a South African domestic T20 tournament starting Friday.

“CSA would like to thank Faf for dedicating the better part of his life to cricket and making South Africa proud on and off the field. He has certainly earned himself a special place in our hearts and a favorable chapter in the ledgers of history.”

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