AB De Villiers, the man who doesn’t need any introduction, has been one of South Africa’s and perhaps the world’s finest batsman in all the three formats of the game. The 33 year old is all set to make a call on his future availability for the Proteas after discussing with CSA in August and is expected to quit from the longest format of the game.
The right handed batsman from Pretoria took a break from the Test cricket after being missing out on the series against New Zealand and Australia last year, followed by the Sri Lankan series at home earlier this year. He then decided to sit out of the test series in New Zealand. The elbow injury which forced him out of the test format since 2016 is known to be the main reason why he is reluctant in wearing the White jersey again.
Despite staying away from Test Cricket, De Villiers captained South Africa in the white ball format of the game and had a forgettable outing in the UK, failing to reach the knock out stages of the recently concluded Champions Trophy and a 2-1 loss to England in the T20 format.
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With Russell Domingo’s contract as the Head Coach expiring after the test series against England, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is all set to call up for a discussion with the captain AB in August to make a decision on the future coach of South Africa keeping in mind the mega event which is two years away from now. Although AB has been quoted saying that he would love to see Domingo extend his tenure as the Coach, it is a formality that needs to be completed. One can expect some kind of clarity from AB about his International Career in August once the discussion is done with CSA is over.
According to reports AB decided to call up his test career last year while suffering from the elbow injury, but the CSA succeeded in convincing him to rethink of his decision by offering him a one year break from the Test cricket. AB is mostly expected to retire from the five day format in order to keep himself fit for the global event and fulfil his dreams of lifting the most prestigious cricketing title.
Time tells us whether the CSA will be able to succeed in convincing their most skilful batsman as they did last time around or not. Nevertheless the cricketing world is going to miss one of the modern day’s greats playing in the all whites.