• AB: Workload a concern

    AB de Villiers has hinted in an interview with SuperSport that he may not play all formats of the game going forward.

    Sunday newspaper Rapport speculated on Sunday that De Villiers, along with teammates Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, could soon retire from Test cricket, maybe even as soon as the end of the current England series.

    The newspaper claims several of De Villiers’ current and former teammates revealed to them ‘events in recent years have led him to seriously reconsider his Test future,’ but Morne Morkel denied this at Sunday evening’s press conference after the second day’s play at Kingsmead.

    In an interview with Mike Haysman ahead of the day three of the first Test between South Africa and England, De Villiers didn’t deny the story in so many words, suggesting he is concerned about his workload.

    ‘For the last two to three years the only talk I’ve been doing is about keeping myself fresh and having a bit of rest here and there,’ De Villiers said.

    ‘It’s always been the most important thing for me to enjoy my cricket. It’s just important to look at the schedule moving forward, that is the talk in the camp – for me maybe not to play all forms of cricket.

    ‘If I play all the IPL games the whole season I do get a bit tired towards the end of the season so that’s the only thing that I’ve been talking about over the last while – to keep myself fresh and to keep enjoying the game. I love representing my country and nothing has changed.’

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