Another veteran South African cricketer retired from Test cricket

South African cricketer and legendary wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen has retired from Test cricket. He has said goodbye to Test cricket with immediate effect. However, he will continue to play for the South African team in limited overs cricket.

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If we talk about Heinrich Klaasen, from 2019 to 2023, he played only four test matches for South Africa. He last played a Test match against West Indies. Klaasen mostly plays ODI and T20 for South Africa.

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Recently, former South African cricketer Dean Elgar had said goodbye to Test cricket. He played his last Test match against India in Cape Town and now Heinrich Klaasen has also retired. He was not included in the South Africa squad for the two-match Test series against India. Instead of him, Kyle Verena was given a place in the team. However, Test team coach Shukri Conrad had definitely said that Heinrich Klaasen is part of the Test team’s plans.

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Heinrich Klaasen did not perform that well against West Indies. He scored only 56 runs in four innings and his best score was 20 runs. Whereas Kyle Verena had shown excellent performance in first class cricket and was the third highest run scorer. Even though Shukri Conrad had given priority to Verena for the Test series against India, while announcing the squad he had said that Klaasen may get a chance to play in West Indies and Bangladesh in the future. However, Heinrich Klaasen has already retired before that.

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I have taken this decision after careful consideration – Heinrich Klaasen

Heinrich Klaasen responded by releasing a statement regarding his retirement. They said,

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I have taken the decision to retire from Test cricket after careful consideration. It was a very difficult decision because Test cricket is my favorite format. It is because of the struggle I have done inside and outside the field that I have become such a great cricketer today. It has been a great journey and I am very happy that I represented my country. My baggy test cap is my most precious cap.

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