South African wicketkeeper and batsman, Quinton de Kock on Thursday announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, 30 December. The announcement was made after the Proteas’ loss to India in the first Test at Centurion. The visiting team won by 113 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. De Kock said that he is leaving Test cricket because he wants to give enough time to his growing family. His wife Sasha is expecting their first child in January and that is why the wicketkeeper had earlier sought a break from the remaining two Tests. ( De Kock retires)
BREAKING: #Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, citing his intentions to spend more time with his growing family.
Full statement: https://t.co/Tssys5FJMI pic.twitter.com/kVO8d1e0Ex
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 30, 2021
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importance given to family more than cricket
This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. I’ve taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what should be a priority in my life now when Sasha and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and want to grow our family beyond that. My family is everything to me and I want the time and space to be able to be with them during this new and exciting chapter of my life.. de Kock said via a Cricket South Africa press release. He added that He loves Test cricket but has found something that he loves even more, which is his family.
De Kock continues to play for white ball (de Kock retires)
De Kock will continue to play the white ball game for South Africa. It’s sad to lose a player of the caliber of Quinton who we still look up to at the prime of his career and relatively young life, but family, as we say here at CSA, is everything. He has been a loyal and proud servant of the Proteas team for the past seven years and we are glad that we have not lost him completely from the game. ( De Kock retires)