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AB de Villiers takes time off to reassess workload

first_imgAB de Villiers has returned home midway from South Africa’s tour of England. The Proteas ODI captain was nowhere near his best during the Champions Trophy and failed to inspire his team in the three-match T20 International series against a pumped-up English side.De Villiers oversaw a 19-run defeat to England in Cardiff on Sunday as South Africa lost the series 2-1. The 33-year-old batsman then flew home. Under de Villiers, South Africa endured a miserable campaign at the Champions Trophy – they started off with a clinical win over Sri Lanka but went down tamely to eventual finalists India and Pakistan. De Villiers’ early return home meant he would not be a part of South Africa’s four-Test series against England. The stylish middle-order batsman is considered to be one of the best in the business and he would need time to reassess his workload. Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa soon and ABD said he needed time to see if he would actually play the series.”I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future,” de Villiers told reporters after making a typically dashing 35 off 19 balls.WON’T PICK AND CHOOSE”We will see what works for both parties,” added the gifted shotmaker, who has scored more than 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50.”We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”advertisementIMMEDIATE PLANS”I am going to spend a bit of time off at home with the family, I’m going to welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit.”I want to make sure I am ready for September, when Bangladesh come.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more