Heinrich Klaasen will retire from Test cricket with immediate effect, Cricket South Africa confirmed via a release on Monday (January 8). 

The 32-year-old featured in four Tests for the Proteas, the last of which came against West Indies in March last year. 

Despite a promising first class record an average of 46.09 from 85 matches Klaasen was mostly an understudy at the Test level to Quinton de Kock. 

He broke through in 2019 and earned his maiden cap in Ranchi on the tour of India. 

It took him almost four years to add to that solitary cap before playing in Sydney, Centurion and Johannesburg in 2023. 

In all, he managed to total just 104 runs with a best of 35 and was since replaced in the XI by Kyle Verreynne.  

Klaasen will now switch his attention completely to the white-ball game after enjoying a very prolific 2023 in which he struck at 172.71 in T20s and 140.66 in ODI cricket.

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