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Playing four Tests in four years felt like ‘a lot’

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Starting in 2019. He played only four Tests in four years. Heinrich Klaasen gasped at this. The Protea batsman announced his retirement from Test at the age of 32. He will continue to play ODIs and T20s for South Africa even after saying goodbye to the white jersey.

Dean Elgar has played the farewell test with India by announcing in advance. Klaasen was not in the squad for the series against India. Kyle Vereen played the role of wicketkeeper batsman. Test coach Shukri, however, said Klaassen is still part of his plans.

But in a statement today, Klaasen said, ‘I have decided to retire from red ball cricket after spending a few sleepless nights thinking about whether it was the right decision or not. This is a very difficult decision. Because Test is my favorite over other versions.’

No matter how much Klaassen calls Test the preferred version, the statistics don’t speak for him. The Proteas batsman scored just 11 runs in two innings in the debut Test against India in Ranchi in 2019.

After a break of more than three years, he could not even make a comeback against Australia at the beginning of 2023. He scored a total of 66 runs in the next two Tests against the West Indies.

All together, Klaasen scored 104 runs at an average of 13 in four Tests. He constantly fought with himself to get back into form. Although he did not get success in Tests, he managed to prove himself in ODIs and T20Is.

It also came up in Klassen’s words, ‘The struggles I faced on and off the field brought me to where I am today. This journey is great and I am happy to represent the country.’

“The baggy Test cap is the most valuable I’ve ever had,” Klassen said of the Test’s status.


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