One of South Africa’s greatest batsman and captain, Faf du Plessis, has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Du Plessis made the announcement on Wednesday, following a disastrous tour of Pakistan recently. Notably, South Africa had recently lost the Test series away from home to Pakistan.
Ever since then, Faf du Plessis’ form was under the scanner as the veteran batsman had failed miserably on the tour. However, during South Africa‘s recent tour of Sri Lanka, du Plessis had scored a scintillating century and shut his critics who have been questioning his form since last year.
Faf du Plessis Announces His Retirement From Test Cricket
The Proteas were due to face Australia in a three-match series starting later this month, but Cricket Australia opted to postpone the tour at the last minute due to Covid-19 concerns prompting Du Plessis to call time on his Test career.
“I really wanted to finish with the upcoming Test series against Australia. That would have felt like it has all come full circle. I had that clarity of mind and heart and even though the ending is not how I imagined, the clarity remains,” du Plessis told Independent Media.
One Of The Greatest Proteas Batsman To Embrace The Game
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that du Plessis has been one of generation batsman for the South Afric a National Cricket Team. The veteran Proteas batsman led the side from 2016 until 2019 when he was stripped of the Test captaincy by Cricket South Africa due to poor form and Quinton de Kock was made the skipper of the side.
The most notable wins in du Plessis’ leadership came against Australia when the Proteas beat them at home in 2018 and away from home in 2016. Du Plessis completes his Test career with an average of 40.03 with 4163 runs in 69 Test matches. He has 10 centuries to his name in the longest format of the game and he also has 21 half-centuries.