Zimbabwe in SA

AB takes the gloves for ODI

2010-10-13 22:28
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Jóhann de Jager

Bloemfontein – AB de Villiers will be used as wicketkeeper and batsman in South Africa’s first one-day cricket match against Zimbabwe on Friday.

There were suggestions earlier this week that Twenty20 wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn might be retained and that De Villiers would only bat because it would be his first game for the Proteas since an ankle operation.

Kuhn and Ryan McLaren were released to play for their franchises in SuperSport games after Wednesday’s Proteas practice.

However, seam bowler Rusty Theron was retained as Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Morné Morkel are not being considered.

De Villiers and Kuhn were made to sweat under the watchful eye of Ray Jennings. The former Proteas coach linked up with the national training camp on Wednesday.

He said that coach Corrie van Zyl was very progressive by roping in a number of so-called specialists at this week’s training sessions.

“Different opinions, different faces and different ideas are always stimulating for a group of people.”

Jennings kept De Villiers and Co busy with several wicketkeeping exercises.

As was the case on the recent tour to the West Indies, De Villiers will again be entrusted with the gloves ahead of Mark Boucher in the forthcoming one-day series against Zimbabwe.

Jennings said he would remain an admirer of Boucher until the player made too many mistakes. He added that players must also realise that their careers come to an end and that new ideas and players would come to the fore.

The Proteas will also have a new coach after the World Cup as Van Zyl will then return to the high performance centre.

Is Jennings interested in taking the reins again?

“They know me and are aware of what I have to offer. They will have to come to me and say: ‘These are the reasons that we want you to apply’.”


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