Klaasen finished with tests

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Heinrich Klaasen has decided to say goodbye to Test cricket. According to the 32-year-old player, it was by no means an easy decision.

“After a few sleepless nights – while wondering if I was doing the right thing – I decided to announce my retirement from red ball cricket. It is a very difficult decision because it is by far my favorite format of the game,” Klaasen said in a statement on social media.

He made his debut in 2019 against India, but since then he has represented South Africa in only four Tests in which he scored 104 runs at an average of 13.

The wicket-keeper caught out 10 batsmen, while his blistering work behind the wickets also provided for two stumping chances.

Kyle Verreynne wore the gloves in the recent Test series against India, but coach Shukri Conrad said that Klaasen could get a chance to play against the West Indies and Bangladesh.

“It was a wonderful journey and I am very grateful that I could represent my country. I want to thank everyone who played a role in my red ball cricket career and who shaped me into the player I am today.”

Klaasen’s attacking skills make him especially a formidable player in white-ball cricket matches – as evidenced by his spectacular innings against England in Mumbai and Australia in Centurion.

Last year, Dale Steyn quite rightly asked whether there is currently a more dangerous player than the Titans hitman on the international white-ball cricket stage.

It is especially his batting prowess against spin bowlers that gives his opponents headaches.

In the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League, he maintained a strike rate of 191 against the spinners, while he scored his runs at an average of 132 against those bowlers.

“New challenges await and I look forward to them,” Klaasen concluded.

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