AB de Villiers: I'm meeting CSA in August to decide on my future

Jun 27, 2017, 08:20 IST | AFP

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers left South Africa's tour of England saying he would decide his cricket future in August.

One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, the 33-year-old headed home after captaining the Proteas in a 19-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Sunday that saw them beaten 2-1 in a three-match Twenty20 series.

They previously lost a ODI series to England by the same scoreline and then suffered a hugely disappointing first-round exit at the Champions Trophy. But a Test series against England is the centrepiece of a four-month tour.

However, it has long been planned that De Villiers would miss the four-Test campaign to take a break from the strain of being one of the world's leading players in all three formats, as well as a man in demand at lucrative T20 franchise events.

Bangladesh are due to tour South Africa in September and De Villiers said he expected to know by then what his international workload would be. "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 dashing 35 off 19 balls.

"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," added the gifted shot-maker, who has scored over 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50.

Asked what he'd do for the next two months, he said: "I'll spend a bit of time off at home with family, welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit.

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