• ‘AB’s workload will be managed’

    A plan to manage AB de Villiers’ workload will be drawn up in May, after the T20 World Cup in India.

    De Villiers admitted in a TV interview with SuperSport’s Mike Haysman on Monday morning that he was concerned about his workload across all three formats after Sunday newspaper Rapport published a story claiming the ICC ODI Player of the Year was considering retiring from Test cricket.

    ‘For the last two to three years the only thing I’ve been talking about is 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.’

    Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager, told ESPNCricinfo there were ongoing discussions about how to find De Villiers a break and a plan for the next year would be drawn up after the World T20, but for the rest of the season he will continue in all three formats.

    ‘When any international cricketer plays for 10 or more years, there is a concern about what happens when they stop playing,’ Moosajee said. ‘AB is in constant contact with Russell [Domingo] and the selectors to find opportunities to give him a break. He is still very much committed to playing for his country. We need to look at the schedule for 12 months and see where we can give him time off.

    ‘That discussion will take place when new contracts are announced in May. Until the end of the season, he is committed to playing all forms. It’s all about getting the perfect balance. And getting the time to take time off.’

    De Villiers played 98 Tests in succession since his debut in 2004 until he missed the Bangladesh series to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. He has again been asked to take the wicketkeeping gloves for the Test side despite stating publicly that he doesn’t want to. He also keeps wicket for the T20 team.

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