The possibility of a return to international cricket of the South African superstar AB De Villiers has sparked excitement among the fans. After the 35-year old conceded that he is ready to make a return for the national team to play the T20 World Cup, he also announced that he is open to make a comeback in 50-over cricket as well. Current South African captain Faf Du Plessis also remarked that he is keen to have the experienced campaigner back in the team.
De Villiers, who is currently in Australia, featuring for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, has bolstered a struggling outfit. The veteran player is one of the finest additions to any limited-overs outfit, capable of contributing to the team’s cause in multiple facets. He also expressed his desire to return ahead of the 2019 World Cup last year, having announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2018.
The South African spoke to commentator Adam Gilchrist during the T20 extravaganza down under. He said that he has been in talks with Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith, remaining positive of things working out in his favour. The 35-year old further said that he hasn’t ruled out ODIs; however, he isn’t returning to the longest format of the game.
“I always wanted to play for South Africa, it’s a great honour to play international cricket. I’ve been chatting with Mark Boucher, Smithy and some of the guys involved so hopefully, it all works out. ODIs I wouldn’t take completely out of the equation, but for Test matches, it’s pretty much done.” De Villiers said as quoted by India Today.
De Villiers doesn’t want to be involved extensively in international cricket:
AB De Villiers also felt the excitement of being out there in the field during the Test matches in December; however, at the same time doesn’t want to indulge himself in international cricket throughout the year.
“Watching some of the Test matches over December I was definitely thinking it would be really nice to be out there, but things have changed in my life … I don’t want to play 11 months of the year anymore, it’s too much.” he further added.
The Proteas are currently playing the Englishmen in a four-Test series where the sequence is locked at 1-1.