Faf du Plessis retirement: The 36-year-old cricketer has put time on his trial career but will continue to play in other formats.
Former South African captain Faf du Plessis hung up his boots in the cricket test after scoring 4,163 runs in 69 tests at an average of 40.02 and spanning 10 centuries and 21 half centuries.
du Plessis, who made his test debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2012 to win the indelible “Man of the Match” award, last played test cricket on the recent South African tour in Pakistan.
Away from home, du Plessis beat the best of Oceania with 697 points to 77.44 and comprising two centuries and five half centuries in eight tries against Australia and New Zealand. Overall, du Plessis retired as South Africa’s 10th top scorer.
du Plessis, who hit several positions from 3rd to 8th in the events, saw his best place in 5th with 1,996 points in 56 innings at an average of 42.46.
After leading South Africa in 36 tests, du Plessis is only behind Graeme Smith (108) and Hansie Cronje (53) in most tests as South African captain. A win percentage of 50 says a lot about du Plessis as test captain.
Faf du Plessis retreat
du Plessis took advantage of his Instagram nickname to announce his retirement. The right batsman, who will continue to play in ODI and T20I, has taken the lead to focus more on the shorter formats with a few ICC T20 World Cups to come.
“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. For this reason, I focus on this format and I want to play as much as possible around the world so that I can be the best possible player, ”he said. “I firmly believe that I have a lot to offer the Proteas in this format. That doesn’t mean ODI cricket is no longer on the plans, I’m just making T20 cricket the priority in the short term.
“I will be in conversation with the CSA over the next couple of months about what the future might look like for me over the next year to find a solution that works for both of us,” du Plessis said in part of his statement posted on Instagram.