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De Kock quits Tests but stays on for South Africa in white ball cricket

De Kock has
cited a desire to spend more time with his family with the imminent birth of
his first child.

He played in
the 113-run first Test loss to India at Centurion Park that finished on
Thursday, and was always set to sit out the next two fixtures in the series
while on paternity leave.

The
29-year-old will, however, be missing permanently for South Africa in Tests,
though he will remain available in white ball cricket.

“This
is not a decision that I have come to very easily,” De Kock said in a
statement. “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 (my wife) 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.”

Wicketkeeper-batsman
De Kock scored 3,300 runs at an average of 38.82 in Tests with six centuries
since he made his debut in 2014. He also took 221 catches and 11 stumpings.

“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,” he said.

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South Africa
have also lost Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to Test
retirement in the last three years, all mainstays of their top six.

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