South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday announced that he has retired from Test cricket but clarified that he will be available for his country in the white-ball format of the game.
Plessis, 36, said in a statement on his Instagram account that he would continue to be available for One-Day and Twenty20 internationals.
“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,” he said.
The cricketer also clarified that his retirement does not meant that ODI cricket was “no longer in the plans” adding that he is “just making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term”.
The former South African skipper said that his heart was “clear” and that it was the right time to “walk into a new chapter”.
“It has been an honour to play for my country in all formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from Test cricket,” said the batsman.