South Africa’s Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from test cricket on Thursday.© AFP
South Africa’s wicketkeeper dies Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from test cricket with immediate effect. The message came a few hours later India beat South Africa by 113 runs in the opening test of the triathlon series in Centurion on Thursday. Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued a statement from De Kock on Thursday, announcing its decision to withdraw from tests. “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.
“I love test cricket and I love representing my country and everything that comes with it. I have enjoyed the ups and downs, the festivities and even the disappointments, but now I have found something that I love even more.
“In life, you can buy almost anything except time, and right now it’s time to do justice to the people who matter 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 could not have turned up as I did without your support.
“This is not the end of my career as a protea, I am fully committed to white ball cricket and representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.
BREAKING: #Proteas wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from test cricket with immediate effect, citing his intentions to spend more time with his growing family.
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 30, 2021
“All the best to my teammates for the rest of this Test series against India.
“See you in the ODIs and T20s.
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