Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen retired from Test cricket this week.
Klaasen played four Tests from 2019 to 2023. He was excluded from the squad for the recent Test series against India.
“After a few sleepless nights wondering if I am making the right decision, I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket. It’s a difficult decision that I have made because it is by far my favourite format of the game,” said Klaasen.
“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. 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 I am looking forward to it.”
Klaasen’s first-class career spanned 11 years. He will remain available for ODI and T20I selection.
Cricket South Africa director of cricket Enoch Nkwe added: “It is tough to see a player of Heinrich’s calibre step away from red-ball cricket, but we respect his decision.”
Earlier this month, Proteas Test opener Dean Elgar retired from international cricket.