Faf du Plessis retires from Test cricket

Johannesburg: Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Announcing his decision to quit the longest format of the game on Wednesday, Faf said he wants to focus on the shortest format for the next two years.

“My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter,” Faf said in an Instagram post.

Faf took over Test captaincy in 2016, and led the side in 36 matches before relinquishing leadership last January. He ended last year with a knock of 199 against Sri Lanka, his highest score in the format.

The knock had been billed to be a message to detractors of his Test career.

Faf ends his Test career with 4163 runs in the longest format, scored at an average of 40.02, involving 10 centuries and 21 fifties.