- There were more doubts on Wednesday surrounding the future of Proteas Test
captain AB de Villiers.
had surfaced during the Boxing Day Test in Durban that the 31-year-old was
considering his international commitments, and that still seemed to be the case
when he addressed media in Johannesburg on the eve of the third Test against
thing is certain… De Villiers wants to play international cricket for as long
there are clearly things that he is struggling with, and workload is
undoubtedly the one that needs the most immediate attention if the Proteas are
to get the most out of their star player.
has been a few rumours floating around and in most rumours there is a little
bit of truth,” De Villiers said in what was a strikingly open account of what
he is going through.
not just in the last while… for two or three years now I’ve been searching for
the answers to play a little bit less cricket, one way or another, to keep
myself fresh and to keep enjoying the game.
found myself on the pitch every now and then in the past few years, not too
often, not enjoying myself as much as I should be and that raises concerns
Villiers will captain the Proteas in the next two Tests against England after
Hashim Amla’s shock decision to step down, but he is not sure if he will be
leading the side after this series.
still very committed… to the job, I’m not sure. Obviously these two Test
matches for now is all I’m focusing on and then there’s a nice big break of six
months before we play Test cricket again, so lots of things can happen before then,”
said De Villiers.
don’t want to commit myself to too much before then but for now I’m as
committed as I can be and very hungry to make a success of these two Test
Villiers called on the ICC to tackle the problem of players being overworked.
think it’s a growing concern for the ICC and they’ve definitely been talking about
it for the last few years… to find the right kind of structure to keep all the
guys fresh,” he said.
obviously international cricket is the main cricket you want to play,
especially Test cricket. We all want to be part of that… huge traditions and
culture in this format.
are big tournaments going on in the world at the moment and some of them you
can’t ignore because financially they make a huge difference in our lives and
obviously you’ve got to look after that side of it as well.