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AB: 'Playing for SA is the greatest privilege of my life'

2017-08-23 18:23
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - With the announcement that he would make himself available to play Test cricket, AB de Villiers went to great lengths to clarify he was not picking and choosing when to play for the national team.

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De Villiers took to Twitter to announce that he would be available this summer in all formats for South Africa and that he would step down as the captain of the Proteas ODI team.

"A lot has been said and written over the past 12 months, and I feel it is time to make my position absolutely clear," said De Villiers.

"Over the past year or so, I have tried to manage many commitments. I have felt mentally and physically tired; my wife and I are bringing up two fantastic kids and playing in all three formats ever since 2004 has taken its toll.

"Together with Cricket South Africa, we have tried to develop a viable schedule which allows me to prolong my career for as long as possible.

"This strategy has prompted some people to say I am picking and choosing when to play for the Proteas, and even to suggest I am somehow putting myself before the team. That is simply not true. That has never been true. Playing for South Africa is, and will always be, the greatest privilege of my life."

Both Bangladesh and India will tour South Africa this summer. Bangladesh arrive towards the end of September while dates for the Indian tour are yet to be confirmed. 

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