South African wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen retires from Test cricket

Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen. (Image Credits: Instagram)

It is quite evident that Test cricket demands a huge physical toll on the cricketers. The players who are involved in five-day matches can experience fatigue, and wear and tear on the body. On top of that, as cricketers age, they find it difficult to deal with the physical demands of the longest format.

As a result, some players call it a day by announcing their decision to retire from red-ball cricket. On the other hand, some others retire from Tests to focus on limited-overs cricket such as the ODI format, T20I and more lucrative domestic formats.

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The compressed nature of limited-overs cricket lets players have a less arduous playing schedule and potentially extend their careers. Meanwhile, in the latest development, South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Heinrich Klaasen has retired from Test cricket.

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Heinrich Klaasen retires from Tests; to continue playing limited-overs cricket

South African international, Heinrich Klaasen made his Test debut against Team India in 2019. Since then, the 32-year-old played just four Tests, accumulating 104 runs at an average of 13. His last Test appearance came against the West Indies cricket team in 2023 before falling out of the Test setup.

However, the Pretoria-born will continue to extend his services in limited-overs cricket. “After a few sleepless nights wondering if I am making the right decision, I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket,” he said in a statement as per PTI.

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“It’s a difficult decision that I have made because it is by far my favourite format of the game. The battles that I faced on and off the field have made me the cricketer I am today. It has been a great journey and I am glad I could have represented my country,” Klaasen added.

“My baggy Test cap is the most precious cap I have ever been handed. Thanks to everyone that has played a part in my red ball career and shaped me into the cricketer I am today. “But for now, a new challenge awaits and looking forward to it,” he said.

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