Heinrich Klassen Announces Retirement From Test Cricket, Leaves An Emotional Message


He has taken this decision to shift his focus completely on the limited-overs formats.

Vishal Singh Jan. 8, 2024

The star wicket-keeper batter Heinrich Klaasen has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Head coach Shukri Conrad had indicated that the cricketer might make a Test appearance later this year. However, Kyle Verreynne was chosen over Klaasen for the recently concluded two-match Test series against India.

Heinrich Klaasen Career -

Klassen has played four Test matches for South Africa between 2019 and 2023, where he scored 104 runs in eight innings with an average of 13, without registering a fifty or hundred.

Despite retiring from Tests, Heinrich Klaasen will continue to feature for the Proteas in white-ball cricket. His notable performances include scoring 373 runs at a strike rate of 133. 21 in the ODI World Cup in India last year. Klaasen, who boasts a total of 54 ODIs and 43 T20Is in his career, is South Africa's preferred wicketkeeper in the shorter formats.


Klassen's Statement -

“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 favorite format of the game. 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,” Klaasen said in a statement.