South African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock has retired from Test cricket. 

Quinton de Kock announced his decision from Test cricket after the first Test match between South Africa and India at Centurion on Thursday. 

A South Africa team statement, released hours after the home side lost by 113 runs to India, said De Kock had retired from Test cricket. 

In the 54 Test matches that De Kock represented South Africa, he scored 3300 runs at an average of 38.82 with six centuries. 

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“This is not a decision that I have come to very easily,” De Kock said.  

“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. 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,” he said. 

He added: “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.” 

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