Quinton de Kock has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect.
De Kock was due to miss the remainder of the India series to be present for the birth of his first child. Instead, the 29-year-old has ended his Test career, which has spanned 54 matches, during which time he scored 3,300 runs (six centuries and 22 half-centuries) at an average of 38.82.
As a wicketkeeper, he has amassed 232 dismissals, including 221 catches and 11 stumpings, and has a personal best of six dismissals in an innings, against England in Centurion in 2019.
De Kock explained his decision saying: “I have taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what needs to take priority in my life now that Sasha and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and look to grow our family beyond that. My family is everything to me and I want to have the time and space to be able to be with them during this new and exciting chapter of our lives.
“I love Test cricket and I love representing my country and all that it comes with. 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.
“In life, you can buy almost everything except for time, and right now, it’s time to do right by the people that mean the most to me.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my Test cricket journey from the very beginning. To my coaches, teammates, the various management teams, and my family and friends – I couldn’t have shown up as I did without your support.
“This is not the end of my career as a Protea, I’m fully committed to white-ball cricket and representing my country to the best of my ability for the foreseeable future.
“All the best to my teammates for the remainder of this Test series against India. See you in the ODIs and T20s.”