Proteas

De Villiers to call it quits on Test stage?

AB de Villiers (Getty Images)
AB de Villiers (Getty Images)

Cape Town - AB de Villiers' Test match future looks even more uncertain than it did when he informed Cricket South Africa (CSA) in January that he would be unavailable for this year's series against England and Bangladesh. 

Back then, De Villiers said he still wanted to play the format and he identified the end-of-year series against India as his desired return. 

With workload his major concern, De Villiers said he needed to limit his playing time to ensure he was in the right physical condition for the 2019 World Cup. 

Now, after a failed ICC Champions Trophy campaign at the helm of the Proteas ODI side, De Villiers looks to have changed his mind once more. 

According to a report published on Cricinfo, De Villiers could retire from Test cricket altogether when he meets CSA in August. 

The report claims that this will be the second time that De Villiers has attempted to retire from the format, saying that he had tried late last year only to have been convinced by CSA to take a year off.

Sport24 asked CSA convenor of selectors Linda Zondi what the meetings with De Villiers in August would entail, but he did not divulge too much. 

"For us, it's important that we start planning for 2019 now in terms of where all our players are, not just AB," said Zondo.

"We will definitely meet with a lot of them. And in terms of the ICC Trophy, we will have a debrief between all of us - selectors, players and management.

"I don't want to dwell too much on that until further notice."

The Proteas were eliminated from the group stages of the Champions Trophy and also lost a T20 series and ODI series against England under De Villiers' leadership. 

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