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Mohammed Hafeez announces retirement from Test Cricket

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Mohammed Hafeez announces retirement from Test Cricket
06 December, 2018
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez on Tuesday announced his retirement from Test cricket after the ongoing Test series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old all-rounder announced his retirement after the second day’s play of the third and final Test at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium. 

“It is a personal decision and I have not taken it under any pressure. I have no regrets taking this decision,” he told reporters after the day’s play in Abu Dhabi.

“Yes, I am disappointed at not having been able to get runs after the century but I have decided to retire from Tests with a clear mind,” he said.

“I am satisfied with whatever I achieved for Pakistan in this format. I just want to focus on the limited overs formats now,” he said.

Hafeez also took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude to all those who helped him during his illustrious career in Test cricket. 

"I am extremely satisfied and proud to announce my retirement from Test cricket. It has been an incredible journey of my life. I would like to thank all who helped me on this beautiful journey of my Test career" Hafeez tweeted.

Hafeez made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh and since then has appeared in 54 matches, besides playing in 203 ODIs and 89 T20 Internationals. The Abu Dhabi Test is Hafeez’s 55th. He has so far scored 3644 runs with ten hundreds and 12 half centuries apart from picking 53 wickets with his off-spin.

Hafeez hadn't played Test cricket for two years since August 2016 before he made a comeback against Australia in October this year. He returned to the format in style with a century against Australia in Dubai, but has struggled since then. He has scored only 66 runs from seven innings since that ton, and has picked up only one wicket since his comeback. 

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