Johannesburg - Being beaten inside three days was hardly the best way for
AB de Villiers to start his reign as Proteas Test captain, however long or
short that reign may prove to be.
The Proteas were hammered by 7 wickets to give England an
unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with only the Centurion Test remaining.
But De Villiers, speaking after his side’s loss on Saturday,
said that the captaincy at the Wanderers was a positive experience.
He was again made to commit his future to Test cricket by
the English press, which he did, but the message coming from the 31-year-old suggested that he would like to keep the captaincy beyond the England series.
De Villiers was appointed as a stand-in captain for the last
two matches of the series following Hashim Amla’s resignation after the Durban
“I’d love to be captain … I’m hopefully still captain in the
next game, we’ll see,” De Villiers joked after a result that ensures South
Africa will lose their No 1 ranking in Test cricket to India.
“I enjoyed the captaincy in the Test match. I thought there
were some times when we showed some light and I really enjoyed it out there.
“I thought I had the troops going more often than not.”
De Villiers said also re-emphasised his commitment to the
development of the younger players in the national set-up.
“It’s a big responsibility and a great opportunity for me to
have that influence on younger players,” De Villiers said.
“I would love to walk away from the game one day knowing
that I’ve had an influence on some of the younger guys stepping up and becoming
senior players in the team.”
The fourth and final Test gets underway on Friday.