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Proteas wicketkeeper batter Heinrich Klaasen has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old steps away from the red-ball format after featuring in four matches for South Africa between 2019 and 2023.

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He made his Test debut in India and went on to represent the country in Australia and twice played against the West Indies last summer.

He also played 85 first-class matches where he amassed 5347 runs at an average of 46.09, including 12 hundreds and a career-best of 292 for the Momentum Multiply Titans in the CSA 4-Day Series.

Heinrich Klaasen announces retirement from Test cricket
Heinrich Klaasen

WHY HEINRICH KLAASEN FEELS RETIREMENT IS THE ONLY OPTION

“After a few sleepless nights wondering if I am making the right decision, I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket. It’s a difficult decision that I have made because it is by far my favourite format of the game,” said Klaasen.

“The battles that I faced on and off the field have made me the cricketer I am today. It has been a great journey and I am glad I could have represented my country.

“My baggy Test cap is the most precious cap I have ever been handed.

“Thanks to everyone that has played a part in my red-ball career and shaped me into the cricketer I am today. But for now a new challenge awaits and I am looking forward to it.”  

Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe added: “It is tough to see a player of Heinrich’s calibre step away from red-ball cricket, but we respect his decision.  

“We look forward to seeing him excel in the white-ball arena and continue to make valuable contributions to South African cricket in the years ahead.” 

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