Cricket South Africa (CSA) mentioned De Kock has cited his intentions to spend extra time together with his rising household for the timing and purpose for his comparatively early retirement from the format. He and his spouse, Sasha, are anticipating the approaching delivery of their first-born youngster within the coming days.
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“This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. 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 Sasha and I are about to welcome our first child into this world and look to grow our family beyond that,” De Kock mentioned in a press release.
“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 like Test cricket and I like representing my nation and all that it comes with. I’ve loved the ups and the downs, the celebrations and even the disappointments, however now I’ve discovered one thing that I like much more,” he added.
Twenty-nine-year-old De Kock made his Proteas Test debut against Australia in Gqeberha in 2014. In 54 matches, he amassed 3 300 runs with a high score of 141 not-out, at an average of 38.82 and strike rate of 70.93. He also has six centuries and 22 half-centuries under his belt.
“In life, you should buy virtually every little thing apart from time, and proper now, it is time to do proper by the those who imply essentially the most to me,” said De Kock.
“I want to take this chance to thank everybody who has been part of my Test cricket journey from the very starting. To my coaches, teammates, the assorted administration groups and my household and buddies – I could not have proven up as I did with out your help,” he added.
The former Test captain’s talent as a wicketkeeper set him apart on the world stage, with 232 dismissals, including 221 catches and 11 stumpings.
De Kock has also taken the third-most catches in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship – 48 in 11 matches (47 catches and 1 stumping) and has a personal best of six dismissals in an innings, against England in Centurion in 2019.
“This will not be the tip of my profession as a Protea, I’m absolutely dedicated to white ball cricket and representing my nation to the most effective of my capacity for the foreseeable future. All the most effective to my teammates for the rest of this Test sequence towards India,” De Kock concluded.