South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis has potentially ruled out the possibility of AB de Villiers making a return to the longest format of the game ever again, as he told the public to forget about de Villiers playing Test cricket, and to support Temba Bavuma as South Africa’s long-term No 4 batsman.
“I would love AB to play,” said du Plessis. “We all know how good he is and we missed him, but we’ve spent too much time talking about when he is going to come back.
“The hope of him coming back is something we need to move past, we need to find someone else who will fulfil that role. If AB comes back, it’s a huge bonus, but I don’t expect him to come back into the Test team.”
De Villiers, who last played in a Test more than 19 months ago, was sorely missed in the batting order as the Proteas suffered a 3-1 series defeat in England, their first Test series loss in the UK since 1998.
The now 33-year-old de Villiers decided in January this year to take a sabbatical from the longest format in order to preserve his body for limited-overs cricket.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com