De Villiers aims to make ODI comeback also
After already expressing his desires to come out of international retirement to take part in the ICC World T20 in Australia later this year, former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has now revealed that he wants to make a return to the 50-over format as well.
The 35-year-old has informed this while talking to Australian legend and BBL commentator Adam Gilchrist during Brisbane Heat’s match against Adelaide Strikers on Friday (January 17).
“ODIs I wouldn’t take completely out of the equation, but for Test matches, it’s pretty much done,” said de Villiers.
However, Mr. 360 also made it clear that he does not want to play throughout the year, and also has no intention to play red-ball cricket ever again.
It is also important for de Villiers to stay fit. If he really wants to be a part of South Africa’s squad for the World T20, he will have to prove his worth by playing a few the 11 T20Is that the Faf du Plessis-led side will play prior to the mega tournament.
He also thinks his performance in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will behold importance in deciding the fate of his international comeback.
“It’s a long way away still, and plenty can happen there’s the IPL coming up, I’ve still got to be in form at that time. So I’m thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out,” he said.
De Villiers retired from all formats of international cricket in May 2018, citing a heavy workload. But thereafter he flirted with an international return several times. Even he made himself available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, only to be rejected by Cricket South Africa (CSA).