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What next for AB de Villiers?

Tue, 27th, Jun 2017 |
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Amidst form worries, criticism, scoring runs again and another South African loss in England, AB de Villiers might officially hang his boots from Test in August as per ESPNcricinfo since the right hander wishes to focus on white ball cricket and lead South Africa to a World Cup triumph in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. 

In an attempt to concentrate on this dream, AB de Villiers had informed CSA of his decision to quit Test cricket late last year. But CSA was able to convince him to stay on and instead take a year's break from the longest format. 

After sustaining an elbow injury after the 2016 Caribbean Premier League AB had to miss out on a long Test season and has been contemplating to quit the format since then. 

While he continues to captain South Africa in ODIs, AB had to lead South Africa in Faf's absence in their recent 2-1 loss to England in the T20I series but emerged as the top run getter for the Proteas with 146 runs from 3 innings. 

He will now leave for his native for a 2-month long break to spend time with his family. AB said that his future depends on the appointment of the new coach once Russell Domingo's contract ends at the end of the England tour. Domingo, despite the backing of de Villiers and other players, hasn't reapplied for the post.

After South Africa's last T20I loss to England, AB told reporters that he wants to be a part of the team in one way or another and that his future depends on the "few things that are changing in South African cricket." Likewise, AB will fairly play the waiting game. 

CSA's T20 global league is around the corner where he is the marquee player for the Pretoria franchise but whether AB wants to continue traveling abroad for other franchise leagues will also surface on the mind of the 33-year old.

In the past, AB had rejected a chance to be a part of BBL since it clashed with the South African season. But AB has been an integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and continues to remain a mega star back in the Indian Premier League.

On whether he should give away the reigns from the ODI format, former South African skipper Graeme Smith has suggested AB to "step away from captaincy and concentrate on maintaining his energy levels for the 2019 World Cup."

This next decision will be an important marker in his illustrious career.

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