Faf Du Plessis retires from test cricket.
Faf Du Plessis became the Test captain, succeeding AB de Villiers, in 2016, and led South Africa in 36 Tests, before stepping down in February 2020 after the home series against England, which South Africa lost 3-1. Du Plessis finished with a decent Test captaincy record, though, with 18 wins and 15 losses, the defeats piling up more towards the latter bit of his stint after South Africa had won 17 of the first 27 Tests he had led in.
Between the start of 2019 and the end of his tenure, South Africa lost eight Tests, a run that began with the 2-0 home defeat to Sri Lanka in February 2019.
Du Plessis, a veteran of 143 ODIs and 50 T20Is, will continue to be available for selection in both the limited-over formats, and has said that he is keen to be a part of the action at the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held later this year in India.
"Making T20 cricket the priority in the short-term" keeping in mind the two World Cups, he says