Middle-order batsman Du Plessis, 36, was the most senior member of the South Africa Test squad that lost the recent series 2-0 in Pakistan, and finishes with an average a shade over 40 after 69 matches, with 10 centuries and 21 fifties
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from tests to make Twenty20 International cricket his priority with successive World Cups in the next two years.
Middle-order batsman Du Plessis, 36, was the most senior member of the South Africa test squad that lost the recent series 2-0 in Pakistan, and finishes with an average a shade over 40 after 69 matches, with 10 centuries and 21 fifties.
"My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter," Du Plessis said in a statement on Wednesday. "It has been an honour to play for my country in all the formats of the game, but the time has come for me to retire from test cricket.
Faf du Plessis has announced his retirement from Test cricket.— ICC (@ICC) February 17, 2021
He played 69 Tests for South Africa scoring 4163 runs at 40.02, including 10 centuries. pic.twitter.com/QfhRjsWqxr
"The next two years are 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.
"This does not mean that ODI (One-Day International) cricket is no longer in my plans. I am just making T20 cricket the priority in the short term."
Du Plessis made his test debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2012, scoring 78 and a memorable 110 in the second innings, in which he faced 376 deliveries on a wearing wicket to help South Africa secure a draw in a series they won 1-0.
He captained the side in 36 tests but gave up the armband in February 2020 after a string of poor results.
Faf du Plessis - Test career 🇿🇦— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) February 17, 2021
Tests: 69 (2012-21)
Runs: 4,163 @ 40.02
HS: 199 v Sri Lanka at Centurion in Dec 2020
78 & 110* on debut v Australia at Adelaide in 2012
3rd most Tests as South African captain (36)
10th most Test runs for South Africa (4,163)