Russell Domingo Rues AB De Villiers’ Absence For New Zealand Tests
It hardly comes as a surprise why South Africa’s ODI skipper AB de Villiers is rated so highly. Making a comeback to the ODI scene after quite a while, de Villiers has been in such sublime form, as if he was never away. The run-machine has shown no signs of rust, and that was evident with his displays in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. De Villiers played a key role in South Africa’s series win over the Black Caps, as he amassed 262 runs in five encounters.
De Villiers, however, in a bid to manage his ever steep workload, will skip the upcoming three -match Test series against the hosts. He has been among South Africa’s greatest match winners in Test cricket, and his absence is bound to be felt by the Proteas. That was confirmed by coach Russell Domingo after the fifth ODI at Auckland.
“Anybody, any coach, would want AB de Villiers in their side but he has made a decision and we respect that decision,” Domingo said.
“He plays such a lot of cricket around the world, at such a high level all the time and he has got a young family so you can understand those decisions. We all definitely wanted him to stay but it’s a decision he has made for family life.”
Domingo, though, is optimistic about South Africa doing well despite his absence.
“We know when he is here, he gives absolutely everything, there’s no doubt about it. He will be missed but we’ve gone through a series against Sri Lanka and a series in Australia without him so the game goes on. As good as anyone is, the game goes on,” Domingo added.
“Somebody will in time get to de Villiers’ level. When that is we don’t know, but someone will get there at some stage.”
The South African coach concluded by mentioning the side’s ultimate goal is to have de Villiers fresh for the 2019 World Cup.
“He needs to freshen up and he needs to try and win the World Cup in 2019 – that’s a big ambition for him. It’s his decision and we respect it,” Domingo concluded.
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