South Africa’s most popular cricketer AB de Villiers insists his career in the longest format of the game isn’t over yet, as he prepares to lead Proteas in the impending ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales.
The star player insists his Test career is not over, leaving the door open for the South Africa superstar to take on Australia in the longest form of the game early next year.
An elbow injury ruled de Villiers out of the Proteas’ Test tour of Australia late last year and while de Villiers returned to limited-overs international cricket in February, he ruled himself out of the March Test series in New Zealand, an absence he has since extended to South Africa’s four-Test tour of England in July-August as well as two Tests against Bangladesh.
While the 33-year-old maintains that he is focusing purely and entirely on the shorter forms of the game which according to him was the right decision “for this year”, he is adamant he has not retired from Test cricket.
“I made some important decisions for my life and career in the last year or so in order for me to have the best chance of winning trophies and being part of a successful team,” de Villiers said in Hove on Thursday ahead of South Africa’s tour opener against Sussex on Friday.
“Physically I realised I’m the best I can be when I’m fresh and looking forward to cricket instead of the other way round and being tired when I’m playing. Spending time with the family has done me the world of good and it is about finding the balance of working hard to win with time away from the game.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com