Quinton De Kock Retires From Test Cricket; Twitter Reacts to Shock Announcement

Quinton De Kock Retires From Test Cricket; Twitter Reacts to Shock Announcement

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • Quinton de Kock has retired from test cricket with immediate effect, making the decision after the test match defeat
  • De Kock said the decision to retire from test cricket was so he could spend more time with his growing family
  • Twitter users were shocked by the sudden decision with some questioning whether Cricket South Africa was behind it all

Protea fans are still coming to terms with the news that Quinton de Kock has retired from test cricket with immediate effect. Quinton was part of the test team which lost to India in the first match of their three-test series.

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Quinton De Kock has retired from test cricket with immediate effect. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/ Phill Magakoe
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De Kock said that his reason for retiring is to spend more time with his family. He and his wife are currently expecting their first child, Sport24 reported.

Cricket South Africa had already given De Kock leave of absence for the following two tests so that he could be available for the birth of his baby.

In a statement released on Cricket South Africa's website, De Kock said it wasn't the easiest decision to make.

“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. 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 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."

Twitter reacts to shock decision as some blame CSA for the announcement


"This is end of South African cricket. Bye bye. Just like Eskom. Lights out."


"Somehow I knew my guy's focus was somewhere else. With all the recent unnecessary drama and being a father, the split focus was probably straining. Family first though. All the best QDK!"


"There is seriously something very wrong behind the scenes and CSA aren't fixing it. The day AB announced his retirement with immediate effect, we truly knew something was far from okay."


"Another victim of politics in South Africa cricket board."

India win 1st test by 113 runs, Proteas fans sounding off online in disappointment

In other disappointing news for cricket lovers, India claimed victory in the first test against South Africa, winning by a massive 113 runs, Sports Brief reported.

South Africa were bowled out for 191 runs just after lunch on the fifth day after going into the break at 182/7.

India wrapped up the tail and the game in just 12 balls after lunch to claim a comfortable victory at Supersport Park.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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