Breaking: Doubts Surround Over AB de Villiers’ Future In Test Cricket
South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ future in the longest format of the game is once again in doubt as he’ll discuss about his future plans with the team management ahead of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
The 32-year-old has been out of cricket after undergoing elbow surgery will need to reassess his options as he looks to extend his career longer. AB de Villiers missed three Test series since the CPL in June and recently missed the Sri Lanka series at home.
“We need to sit down with him and plan his future,” Russell Domingo, South Africa’s coach said. “AB has got to make that decision, I can’t decide on whether he plays or not.
“When I say that, I mean AB has got to make the decision about whether he is available and the selectors have got to make the decision whether he plays. He has obviously got to make some decision about his future in cricket.”
Domingo’s comments have been a concern for fans because of du Plessis’ views on AB de Villiers’ future in the longest format of the game.
“I’m not sure how AB will feel in terms of Test cricket so we will have to see,” du Plessis said. “We are excited to have him back in the one-day team. I am hoping he decides to play [Tests] for us. He is obviously a world-class batter and I, as a captain, would love to have him as a leader in our team, and obviously as a batter. He is a fantastic player.”
“He hasn’t played for a while. The plan was for him to play in this series and then the one-dayers start, but now we will see what AB’s plans are – whether he wants to play,” du Plessis said.
The Proteas have managed to play well in the absence de Villiers as Faf du Plessis did a great job to fill the shoes of the captain while JP Duminy has managed to find form at No.4 position ,at which ABD bats in tests.
AB de Villiers is one of the most complete players in the world as he is a premier batsman across all three formats of the game. However, considering the number of games he plays in limited-overs both at international level and across all the T20 leagues, we might not see him in Tests again.
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