Another retirement of South African cricket is on the way. After Dean Elgar, another South African batter is all set to retire from Test format. South African batter Heinrich Klaasen announced his retirement from the longest format of cricket. He was not a part of the recently concluded Test series against India. On his social media handle, he shared his retirement news.
Klaasen’s Test Career:
Heinrich Klaasen is known for his excellence in the white ball format. In the red ball format, he has not done anything impactful. From 2019 to 2023, Klaasen played four Test matches. He was a part of the South African squad against West Indies. In four matches, he scored only 104 runs with an average of 13. His highest score is 35 in the longest format of cricket. He didn’t score any centuries and half-centuries in this format.
The 32-year-old cricketer has a promising first class record. In 85 matches, he has an average of 46.07. He made his Test debut against India in Ranchi in 2019. Recently, he was replaced by Kyle Verreynne. He is an excellent white-ball batter. In the World Cup, he played exceptionally well. After retiring from the Test format, he will continue playing the whiteball format.
After taking the decision, the South African wicketkeeper-batter announced this on social media. On his social media handle, he wrote, “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 favorite 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.”
Later he 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 I am looking forward to it.”