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'One of the toughest decisions to make': Faf du Plessis bids adieu to Test and T20I captaincy

02:22 PM Feb 17, 2020 |

Johannesburg: Faf du Plessis has stepped down from South Africa captaincy in Tests and T20Is effective immediately, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday.

"When I took over the leadership, I did so with the commitment to lead, perform and most importantly, to serve. As the team heads into a new direction with new leaders and a young crop of players, I feel it will be in the best interests of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy in all formats,"said du Plessis in a statement.

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Du Plessis also took to his social media accounts to share the news with his followers.

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On Instagram, he also posted his statement.

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The 35-year-old has cited a need to take a step back from captaincy in order to help facilitate the emergence of the next generation of leaders within the team under Quinton de Kock.

Also Read: David Miller backs Quinton de Kock to lead South Africa in ODIs

"This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton, Mark and my teammates as we continue to rebuild and re-align as a group," he said.

The right-handed batsman captained South Africa in a total of 112 international matches across all three formats since December 2012 when he led South Africa for the very first time against New Zealand in a T20I series.

"In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless."

"I am healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad for as long as I continue putting in winning performances for the team," he added.

The Proteas will take on Australia in a three-match T20I series starting Friday.

(With Agency Inputs)

Also Read: Faf du Plessis won’t make decision in emotions and disappointment

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