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Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect

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South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from Test cricket as he wanted to spend more time with his family.

It has come as a shock to the cricketing fraternity as de Kock was just 29 years old and just entering his prime. He will continue to represent the Proteas in white-ball cricket.

De Kock will miss the 2nd and 3rd tests in the ongoing series against India as he is awaiting the birth of his first child.

The 29-year old stated that “This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. I have taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what needs to take priority in my life now that Sasha and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and look to grow our family beyond that. My family is everything to me and I want to have the time and space to be able to be with them during this new and exciting chapter of our lives.

I love Test cricket and I love representing my country and all that it comes with. I’ve enjoyed the ups and the downs, the celebrations and even the disappointments, but now I’ve found something that I love even more.

In life, you can buy almost everything except for time, and right now, it’s time to do right by the people that mean the most to me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my Test cricket journey from the very beginning. To my coaches, teammates, the various management teams and my family and friends – I couldn’t have shown up as I did without your support.

This is not the end of my career as a Protea, I’m fully committed to white-ball cricket and representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.

All the best to my teammates for the remainder of this Test series against India.

See you in the ODIs and T20s.


The Proteas keeper has played 54 tests and scored 3300 runs at an average of 38.82. He made his test debut against Australia in 2014 at Port Elizabeth and made his highest score of 141 against the West Indies.

He also captained the Proteas for a brief period of 4 tests, a home series against Sri Lanka and an away rubber against Pakistan. He won 2 tests against Sri Lanka and lost the series against Pakistan 1-0.

It comes as a body blow for South African cricket whose batting stocks are already quite thin and will now be further depleted.

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