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Heinrich Klaasen announces his retirement from Test cricket

Heinrich Klaasen has said that he will no longer play Test cricket from now on. Klaasen will still be able to play for South Africa in white-ball matches.

Klaasen played four Tests between 2019 and 2023, the most recent against West Indies last summer.

Second senior player to retire

After Dean Elgar’s Test career came to an end with the New Year’s Test against India, he is the second senior player to retire from the format. He is the second player to retire from the format. Because Kyle Verreynne was selected for the position, Klaasen was not included in that team; nonetheless, Test coach Shukri Conrad stated that Klaasen was still a part of his plans.

Conrad favored Klaasen over Verreynne.

Conrad said as late as February of last year that he liked Klaasen better than Verreynne because he thought Klaasen was a “better batter.” In four innings against West Indies, Klaasen got 56 runs, with a high score of 20. Verreynne scored the third most runs in last season’s first-class competition.

However, Conrad chose Verreynne to play against India, and when the team was announced, it was said that Klaasen would likely play in Tests later this year in the West Indies and Bangladesh. Now Klaasen is no longer in the running for those tours.

Retirement from Red-Ball Cricket

“I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket after a few sleepless nights of pondering if it’s the right decision. It’s a tough choice as it’s my favorite format,” he stated. “The battles I’ve confronted on and off the field shaped the cricketer I am today. Representing my country has been a fantastic journey, and receiving my baggy Test cap remains my most cherished moment.”

Schedule of 2024

South Africa will play seven more Tests in 2024 – two each in West Indies and Bangladesh, two at home against Sri Lanka, and one against Pakistan, but do not play any home Tests between January 2025 and September 2026.

They will only play in a two-match series for the 2023-2025 World Test Championship cycle and the scarcity of long-format fixtures is understood to be behind some players’ needs to reprioritize their availability across formats.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Abhi1

    January 9, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    saddest news!

  2. Sumit1

    January 9, 2024 at 3:06 pm

    Well played Heinrich Klaasen. Your contributions to Test cricket won’t be forgotten.

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