Faf du Plessis was still playing as the last member of South Africa’s golden age in the elite arena of cricket. But how much more! His age is almost 37. He might not be able to take the motion of Test cricket anymore. His bat is not smiling in the last five innings. His runs are 8, 23, 10, 17, and 5 in the last 5 innings. Cricket Australia (CA) has postponed the series indefinitely due to coronavirus risk, although the series against Australia was scheduled to start at home later this month. So he did not wait. He realized that this might be the time to move on. The 36-year-old former South African captain has said goodbye to Test cricket.
Du Plessis made his Test debut in 2012 against Australia in Adelaide. The match was drawn as he scored a fifty and a century in the two innings of that match & thus he was rewarded as the Man of the match. Du Plessis has scored 4163 runs in 118 innings at an average of 40.02.
He announced the end of his Test career after a total of 10 centuries and 21 fifties. “I wanted to end with the Test series against Australia. It would fill a circle. But I don’t regret it, even if it doesn’t end the way I wanted it to.” he told reporters.
Du Plessis wrote on social media Instagram, ‘It’s an honor for me to play for the country in all editions. Now is the time to leave Test cricket. I wouldn’t believe it if someone told me 15 years ago that I would play 69 Tests and captain for South Africa. My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter.”
Du Plessis became the Proteas Test captain in 2016 after AB de Villiers. He led South Africa in 36 Tests before stepping down in February, last year. South Africa has won 18 Test matches and lost 15 under him. However, South Africa won 17 of the first 27 Tests under Du Plessis. Du Plessis left captaincy in the Test after losing the series 3-1 to England.
There is no Test match for South Africa in the nearby upcoming days. The right-handed batsman will now focus on T20 cricket, leaving the elite version of cricket. Two T20 World Cups are scheduled to be held this year and next year. So this South African cricketer will continue to play in the shorter version.
With the T20 World Cup in India in mind, Du Plessis said, “I firmly believe that I have a lot to offer the Proteas in this edition (T20). This does not mean that ODI cricket is not in the plan. Just want to prioritize T20 in this short time. I will talk to CSA (South African Cricket Board) about this.”
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