Putting an end to all the speculations over his Test career, South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers has said he has not retired from the longest format of the game as of now but is still not sure on when to return to Test cricket.
De Villiers, whose last Test appearance had come way back in January 2016 during the home series against England, had remained on the sidelines for about six months after suffering an elbow injury in June 2016. The injury ruled him out of the Test series against Australia and Sri Lanka and although he returned to limited-overs international cricket in February, he ruled himself out of the Test series in New Zealand in March. Not only that, the right-handed batsman has also decided to skip South Africa’s four-Test tour of England in July-August and the two-Test series against Bangladesh at home.
And while his Test future appears to be up in the air, he has said his career in the 5-day cricket is not over yet.
“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.
The Proteas are currently in England to play a three-match ODI series along with two practice matches against the Three Lions. The warm-up games will be played on the 19th and 21st of May while the series starts on 24th May.
“Physically I realised I’m the best I can be when I’m fresh and looking forward to cricket instead of the other way around and being tired when I’m playing,” de Villiers said.
“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.”
Insisting that he has not retired yet, de Villiers said he would not change his decision of skipping the upcoming Test series against England.
“I haven’t retired, no. But I’m not going to change my decision. I’ll look indecisive,” he added.