Former Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, has announced his retirement from the longest form of the game.
The 36-year-old took to social media on Wednesday to make the announcement and went on to say that he would focus on the T20 format with T20 World Cup scheduled for later this year in India.
Du Plessis released a statement on his Instagram account, saying he would continue to be available for one-day and Twenty20 internationals.
"The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years. Because of this, my focus is shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can possibly be. I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer to the Proteas in this format," he said.
Du Plessis said he would be having discussions about his future with Cricket South Africa in the next few months.
"My heart is clear and the time is right to walk into a new chapter," he said.
He's currently the most senior batsman in the current squad, having played 69 Tests for the Proteas, scoring 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries and finishes with 4,163 runs before he even turned 40.
Du Plessis was appointed permanent Test captain in 2016, taking over from AB de Villiers. He is the only South African captain to lead the Proteas to away (2016) and home (2018) Test series victories over Australia.
His early record as Proteas skipper was exceptional, having won 17 out of 27 Tests prior to 2019. Along with the Australian success, he was also at the helm of the Proteas in a series win over India at home and remains the last visiting captain to lead a team to victory over No 1 ranked Test side New Zealand on the Black Caps' home patch since 2015.
Despite stating his determination to be part of the next two Twenty20 World Cups, in India this year and Australia next year, Du Plessis will not be playing in a domestic Twenty20 tournament starting on Friday.