Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Tests to make T20 cricket his main priority with two World Cups on the horizon. He finishes his Test career with an average of 40.02 after 69 matches, with 10 centuries and 21 fifties.
“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter.” Du Plessis said in a statement. “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.”
“The next two years are 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 added. “This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in my plans. I am just making T20 cricket the priority in the short term.”