AB de Villiers returns from injury ahead of AUS series
South Africa batsman AB de Villiers made a surprisingly quick return to cricket, after he batted for over an hour and half in the warm-up match against South African Composite XI at Wanderers on Thursday.
Although the 3-day game ended in a draw, de Villiers's return came in as a huge sigh of relief for the Proteas. South Africa posted 300 in the first innings, but were without the services of AB who chose not to bat. In response, the Composite XI were bundled out for 135 runs as Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson ripped them apart with 3 wickets each.
The highlight of South Africa's 2nd innings was a Faf du Plessis century, followed by AB's crucial knock of 40 that helped him get back his rhythm at the crease. Spending almost 100 minutes at the crease, he struck 5 fours and 1 six in just 65 deliveries. This was de Villiers' first outing after undergoing surgery on his hand about a month ago.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the practice game, adding it was a helpful exercise for his team ahead of a much awaited Test series against Australia.
The Proteas will take on Australia in the 1st Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 12.