Graeme Smith has ruled out a sensational South Africa comeback but the former Proteas skipper would be open to a coaching role.
Smith ended his international career in 2014, but last year said he was "at the cusp" of deciding whether to try and resume playing for South Africa.
However, the 35-year-old, who recently played in the Masters Champions League, has now revealed that a return to the Proteas side was never genuinely on the cards.
"It's not something that I really considered," Smith told SACricketmag.com.
"It's been largely driven from a media perspective. I think just being at the age that I retired, everyone expects that I could do it; I know I could, but I don't think playing for South Africa is something that's on the table."
There was talk of Smith potentially working with the South Africa batsmen last month as the Proteas struggled against the England bowling attack after suffering a Test-series hammering in India.
The former opening batsman said that is not an option, but a permanent coaching job would interest him.
Smith said: "I obviously have challenges on the personal front. I've got two young kids and for me it's two-fold. Firstly, time away from home. At the moment, a batting consultant is something that I can't really commit to.
"If I'm going to coach then I'm really going to commit fully and try and go for something more substantial, maybe a head coach role."
He added: "It's something that I'm certainly starting to consider more. I had a good two years away from the game and the pressure of captaining South Africa for 11 years. I needed that break.
"Leadership and running an environment and being at the forefront of decision making is something that has been an integral part of my career.
"So it's certainly something that I will look at doing, whether it starts at the IPL or starts in a T20 league and builds into something else; we'll just have to see what happens."