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’.”


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.