In a shocking turn of events, South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from the Test format. He was scheduled to miss the 3rd Test match for paternity leave. In the 1st Test match, de Kock scored 55 runs in 2 innings and took 7 catches.
Cricket South Africa announced de Kock’s retirement news hours after South Africa lost to India by 113 runs in the 1st Test of 3-Test series.
Quinton de Kock is 29 years old and he still looked capable of playing more Tests. So far, he has played 54 Test matches in which he scored 3300 runs with an average of 38.82. His highest score is 141. He has been amazing behind the stumps as well, taking 221 catches and 11 stumpings.
In a statement released by CSA, de Kock said, “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.”
He has also mentioned that this is not the end of his career as a cricketer and he will be fully committed to the shorter formats and keep representing his country.