Cape Town - The Proteas returned on Wednesday back from a gruelling series in the Caribbean, where they failed to make the final of the One-Day International (ODI) triangular series.
Coach Russell Domingo told the media the reason for South Africa’s loss in the series was due to their players workload and eluded that it was difficult to maintain the player's consistency and standard.
Test and ODI skipper AB de Villiers was a hot topic when it came to workload, as the No 1 batsman hasn’t had a break since the start of the season.
De Villiers has played in 22 international matches (excluding playing in ALL Indian Premier League games) this year, and when asked on whether he’ll be considered for the two-match Test series against New Zealand, Domingo said:
"He's the captain, he'll be the first name down on the sheet to play Tests against New Zealand.”
The South African management know that losing a man like de Villiers will have a major effect, as the No 1 ODI batsman is more than just your regular batsman.
According to Cricinfo, Domingo said that he is worried about the 32-year-old: “I spoke to him two days ago planning the workload. It is a concern. ... But if AB is fit, he should be good to go for the Test series.”
“Some players around the world play all these tournaments but don't play all the formats. Our players - Hashim, AB, Faf, Quinton, Morne, JP - they play all the formats and then play a lot of outside leagues as well so that is a big problem for us."
Some of the South African players, including the names Domingo mentioned, are still in the Caribbean and will play in the annual Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which begins Wednesday (June 29).