Faf Du Plessis Retired From Test After Playing 69 Tests

Faf Du Plessis Retired From Test Cricket After Playing 69 Tests

Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis, a former South African cricketer has retired from Test cricket on the 17th of February. Faf Du Plessis has played the last of his 69 Tests in Pakistan earlier this month was revealed in the Wednesday morning newspapers by Independent Media exclusively.

The 36-year-old batsman made his Test debut against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2012, where he struck an epic century- a classy unbeaten 110 from 375 balls in the second innings to salvage a heroic draw for the Proteas. South Africa went on to win the series in the subsequent Test in Perth.

Faf du Plessis. FILE - Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Faf du Plessis. FILE – Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Faf Du Plessis Wanted To Finish With Upcoming Test Series Against Australia

The Proteas were due to face Australia in a three-match series starting later this month, but Cricket Australia opted to postpone the tour at the last minute due to Covid-19 concerns which prompted Faf Du Plessis to retire ending his Test career. In the last Test series against Pakistan, he amassed only 55 runs but in the previous series, he scored his career-best 199 against Sri Lanka. He has 10 tons and 21 fifties beside his name.

“I really wanted to finish with the upcoming Test series against Australia. That would have felt like it has all come full circle. I had that clarity of mind and heart and even though the ending is not how I imagined, the clarity remains,” Du Plessis told Independent Media.

Faf Du Plessis was appointed as permanent Test captain in 2016, taking over from his school friend AB de Villiers. He is the only South African captain so far to lead the Proteas to away (2016) and home (2018) Test series victories over Australia. His early record as skipper was exceptional, having won 17 out of 27 Tests prior to 2019.

Faf du Plessis. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)
Faf du Plessis. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Along with the spectacular success against Australia, he was also at the helm of the Proteas in a series win over Virat Kohli’s India at home and remains the last visiting captain to lead a team to victory over No 1 ranked Test side New Zealand on the Black Caps’ home patch since 2015.

Faf Du Plessis’ Test Record As Captain And Batsman Suffered Over Past 2 Years

However, his Test record as both a captain and batsman has suffered over the past two years which occurred over the same time when Cricket SA underwent arguably the most tumultuous period in their history, with the former captain often carrying the burden of protecting his players from the administrative dramas.

Faf Du Plessis eventually finished with 18 wins from 36 Tests. He struck 4163 runs at an average of 40.02, which included 21 half-centuries and 10 centuries. He achieved his highest score of 199 in last year’s Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at his home ground SuperSport Park in Centurion.

 South African cricketer Quinton de Kock. COURTESY: TWITTER/Titans Cricket
South African cricketer Quinton de Kock. COURTESY: TWITTER/Titans Cricket

Faf Du Plessis will continue to be available for national selection in both white-ball formats, with the veteran still keen to participate in the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year in India. He played 143 ODIs and 50 ODIs besides 69 Tests.

Faf Du Plessis and current national team captain Quinton de Kock are the only two contracted Proteas who will not be participating in the T20 Challenge starting on Friday in Durban. Quinton De Kock will be at rest after suffering mental fatigue since he spent a long time in various bio bubbles, while Faf Du Plessis will be heading back to the subcontinent to replace West Indies superstar swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle in Pakistan Super League.

Faf Du Plessis plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League since 2011 except for two years 2016 and 2017 when he played for defunct Rising Pune Supergiants when CSK was banned for the alleged role in spot-fixing.

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