Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He played 69 Tests for South Africa scoring 4163 runs at 40.02, including 10 centuries.
“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter,” the former South Africa captain wrote in a post on Instagram.
Du Plessis took good form into the 2015 World Cup, after becoming the second South African to score a T20I century after Richard Levi, in February that year. He was among those left devastated by South Africa’s semi-final loss.
Du Plessis led South Africa in two World T20 campaigns, in 2014 and 2016, and despite them returning empty-handed from both, he confirmed his desire to keep the captaincy.