Sports desk. The legendary South African batsman Faf Duplesey has retired from international Test cricket. He announced it on Wednesday. The last time he landed in a white jersey was against Pakistan where he did not perform very well. Duplesey played 69 Test matches for South Africa, scoring 4163 runs at an average of 40.02. He scored 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries in this format. His highest score was 199 runs which he scored against Sri Lanka in Centurion in December last year. Duplesey made his Test debut against Australia in November 2012 in Adelaide. He stepped down as Test and T20 captain of South Africa last year. He took up the role from AB de Villiers in 2016.
In his released statement, he has said, “It has been a year for all of us, fighting the odds.” There was some uncertainty as well, but this gave me a clear opinion on many aspects. My heart is clear and this is the right time to start a new chapter. I am ending my Test career in the upcoming Test series against Australia. It looks like a circle. Starting from where it ends. It was tough but I am very clear about my retirement.
In his released statement, he said, ‘If I had to say 15 years ago that I will captain and play 69 Test matches for South Africa, then I would not believe it. The ups and downs in my career made me a better person. The next two years are going to be the big tournament of ICC T Twenty. My focus is on him. So that I can be a better player. I express my gratitude to all those who supported me. My wife and family always supported me. I also thank South Africa cricket.