South Africa wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the test cricket with immediate effect on Thursday and says he intends to spend more time with his family. Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued an official statement on de Kock’s decision a few hours after the Proteas suffered a crushing defeat of 113 races in the hands of India in the first test of the triathlon series at SuperSportparken in Centurion. De Kock had scored 34 runs in the first round of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second.
“This is not a decision I have come to very easily. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what my future looks like and what to prioritize in my life now that Sasha and I are about to bid our first welcome into this world and look to grow our family beyond that. My family is everything to me and I want time and space to be with them in this new and exciting chapter of our lives, said De Kock.
Cricket fans reacted in shock after the veteran, South African wicketkeeper batters’ sudden announcement to withdraw from the game’s longest format.
Here are some of the reactions from cricket fans to Quinton de Kock’s retirement from test cricket:
It’s very shocking.
Quinton de Kock announces retirement from test cricket with immediate effect as he has cleared his intentions of ‘spending more time with family’ pic.twitter.com/GF1y85PUm4
– Vivek Singh (@ imviveksingh09) December 30, 2021
Quinton De Kock retiring from Test cricket is shocking to say the least. He is only 28 and had a good future ahead of him.
– (@FourOverthrows) December 30, 2021
This is just shocking news Quinton De Kock announced his retirement from Test Cricket because he is only 29 years old and he can play Test Cricket for the next 7 to 8 years. And probably he’s the next South African test captain, but he announced his retirement. Absolutely shocking.
– CricketMAN2 (@ man4_cricket) December 30, 2021
Quinton de Kock announces retirement from Test Cricket. SHOCKING pic.twitter.com/4y9vzIn2po
– Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) December 30, 2021
Wicketkeeper Batsmen announces shocking test retirements after the end of a Boxing Day Test match on December 30:
– Shivasis Mohanty (@DrShivasis) December 30, 2021
De Kock’s retirement means that South Africa will have a new wicket-keeper in their player XI in the last two matches of the ongoing test series against India.
The Proteas have Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton as the other two wicket-team options in the squad.
The second test will be played at Wanderers in Johannesburg, followed by the third test in Cape Town.
Quinton de Kock played 54 Test matches for South Africa, scoring 3,300 runs in six centuries and 22 half-centuries.
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