‘After a few sleepless nights’, Heinrich Klaasen retires from Test cricket

Heinrich Klaasen Test cricketHeinrich Klaasen.

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.

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“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.

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