Proteas

Steyn backs AB as Test skipper

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

Cape Town - Dale Steyn has backed AB de Villiers to return to the Proteas and captain the Test side, as they gear up for a Test series against Sri Lanka.

De Villiers is likely to return to the South African line-up this December after recovering from a elbow injury, which has left him out of the game for for five months.

Proteas T20 skipper Faf du Plessis took over the captaincy duties and guided his side to a 1-0 Test series win over New Zealand, a 5-0 ODI thrashing of the Aussies at home and then the historic 2-1 win Down Under.

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Steyn, who was sent home after the first Test against Australia with a shoulder injury, spoke about the Proteas management keeping De Villiers as skipper of the national side.

"He is definitely the captain," Steyn told ESPNCricinfo. "I know Faf has done really well for us right now, but AB is the captain.

"When AB steps back into the side, there should be almost no question about it.

"Unfortunately, he got injured, but he is the man at the end of the day," said Steyn.

The first Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka will take place in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day.


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