De Villiers keen to play T20 WC

Afp, Brisbane

16 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

De Villiers keen to play T20 WC

South African star AB de Villiers is keen to make an international comeback at the Twenty20 World Cup this year, but admits there are no guarantees he will be picked.

The batting maestro bowed out of representing his country in 2018, saying he was “tired” after a 14-year career during which he was hailed as one of the best players in the game.

He then made himself available for the one-day World Cup last year, only to be rejected, with officials saying he left it too late and calling him up would be unfair to other players.

The 35-year-old has now given selectors plenty of time to consider him for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

“There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality,” he told cricket.com.au after hitting 40 from 32 balls on his Big Bash League debut for Brisbane Heat against Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday.

“I would love to. I’ve been talking to ‘Bouch’ (new South Africa coach Mark Boucher), (new director of cricket) Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) back home, we’re all keen to make it happen.


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