Faf du Plessis, a South African player, has decided that his Test career is over. The 36-year-old also said the following in a post on Instagram: "My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter."
Du Plessis spent 15 years on the team as captain and did a lot for his team. There were unforgettable moments, beautiful memories, ups and downs but when analyzing the complete situation Du Plessis had a great career, and looks like he fulfilled his dream "If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would play 69 Test matches for South Africa and captain the side, I wouldn't have believed them.
I stand in a place of utmost gratitude for a Test career full of blessings bestowed on me."
T20 World Cup
It seems that his priority, for now, is the ICC T20 World Cup and that he is maximally focused and wants to be ready for the World Cup.
"The next two years are ICC 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. "I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer to the Proteas in this format.
This does not mean that ODI cricket is no longer in the plans. I am just making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term," he wrote. CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith is grateful to Du Plessis for everything and believes that Cricket Test is losing a great player who will surely miss such a format.
They are grateful to him for everything and wish him luck in the future "Faf has been a prolific Test cricketer for the Proteas for a number of years now and to lose him in this format is going to leave another big gap in the team.
"His commitment to the team has always been undoubtable and his transparency with Cricket South Africa about his plans has always been appreciated and we respect his decision, knowing he would not have come by it easily.
"I would like to thank Faf on behalf of CSA for his years of service and dedication to the Proteas' Test team and we look forward to engaging further with him on how he can continue contributing to the team in a meaningful way," Smith concluded.