Quinton de Kock, a South African wicketkeeper-batsman, has retired from Test cricket at the age of 29 to spend more time with his family. Sasha De Kock, De Kock’s wife, is expecting their first child shortly.
“This is not an easy decision for me to make,” he remarked after South Africa’s 113-run loss to India. “My family means the world to me, and I want to be able to spend as much time as possible with them during this new and exciting chapter of our life.”
De Kock made his Test debut in 2014, accumulating 3,300 runs at an average of 38.82 in 54 matches, including six hundreds and 22 fifties.
He apologized for missing a match at the T20 World Cup in October because he refused to follow Cricket South Africa’s request that all players take a knee in favor of racial equality and justice.
“I love Test cricket and I love representing my country and all that it comes with,” De Kock added. “I’ve enjoyed the ups and the downs, the celebrations and even the disappointments, but now I’ve found something that I love even more.
“I’m fully committed to white-ball cricket and representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.
Source: BBC Sport