Quinton de Kock: South Africa wicketkeeper-batter announces retirement from Test cricket | Cricket News

Quinton de Kock retires from Test cricket after South Africa’s scorching defeat against India; De Kock scored more than 3,000 points in 54 games and made his testing debut in 2014; De Kock says the decision to withdraw from Test Cricket was a difficult one, adding that he will continue to play white ball cricket.

Last updated: 30/12/21 18:50


Quinton de Kock has enjoyed a testing career spanning more than seven years

Quinton de Kock, wicketkeeper and batsman from South Africa, retired from Test cricket with immediate effect.

De Kock’s announcement came after South Africa’s 113-point defeat to India in Centurion, when the visitors took the lead 1-0 in the three-game series.

“This is not a decision that I made very easily,” De Kock said in a statement.

“It took me a long time to think about what my future will be and what needs to be prioritized in my life now that (wife) Sasha and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and try to raise our family beyond
that.

“My family is everything to me and I want to have the time and space to be with them during this exciting new chapter in our lives.

“I love test cricket and I love to represent my country and everything that comes with it.

“I’ve enjoyed the ups and downs, the celebrations and even the disappointments, but now I’ve found something I love even more.”

De Kock, 29, made his testing debut in 2014 and scored 3,300 points with an average of 38.82, scoring six centuries and 22 fifties in his 54 games.

De Kock will continue to represent South Africa in limited series cricket

De Kock will continue to represent South Africa in limited series cricket

The former Proteas Test captain claimed 232 layoffs behind the wicket, 221 catches and 11 logs.

De Kock caused a stir in October when he retired from South Africa’s T20 World Cup match against the West Indies after refusing to kneel before the match.

Cricket South Africa had ordered all its players to take part in the anti-racist gesture.

De Kock later apologized for his actions, insisting he was “non-racist” and said his position stemmed from the feeling that his “rights had been taken away from him.”

He’s back on the squad for South Africa’s next match against Sri Lanka, taking the knee ahead of the game, and insists he stays committed to the game’s shorter formats.

De Kock said: “This is not the end of my career as a Protea, I am totally committed to white ball cricket and represent my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.

“See you in the ODI and the T20.”

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