De Villiers disappointed, but eager to back Amla

2014-06-05 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Yes, he is disappointed that he is not the new Test captain of the South African cricket team, AB de Villiers admitted yesterday.

But he will not allow his feelings to get between him and the relationship that he and Hashim Amla must have to allow South African cricket to flourish.

De Villiers was on Tuesday night named as the Player of the Year in a national cricket awards ceremony.

Andrew Hudson, the convener of the national selection committee, said De Villiers was not selected as Proteas captain as he had a key role to play as the Test team’s wicketkeeper. Hudson said the selectors did not want De Villiers to have too many responsibilities on the pitch.

De Villiers was frank when he said admitted he was disappointed not to have been selected as the Test captain.

“Each of us have our dreams and ambitions and you hope it will become reality.

“But I accept the situation and will not let [my feelings] come between me and Hashim.”

De Villiers added it would be very stupid of him to allow his feelings to influence his game or his role in the team negatively.

“The choice was made and I wish Hashim all the best and assure him of my support. As vice-captain of the team I will co-operate closely with him and believe and hope we can form a good combination.”

De Villiers said he was confident of getting the same loyalty from Amla in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

“I am experienced in captaining the ODIs and there the situation is reversed and I know he will support me in that context,” De Villiers said, but hinting that the competitive athletes may at times have to agree to disagree.

“I accept it is not always moonshine and roses and you can’t expect things will always go your way.”

He said at the end all the players would do whatever was best for South African cricket.

He said Amla was a very experienced and senior player and a keen student of the game. “I believe Hashim will make a success of his task.”

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