AB de Villiers has been appointed as the permanent captain of the South African cricket team after Hashim Amla stepped down as captain of the test side during the series against England at home.
Although the Proteas side will not play test matches until August this year which is why AB de Villiers can concentrate on other formats of the game especially considering his recent statement of moving away from the game. According to ESPNcricinfo AB has said that he went through a passage where he was not able to enjoy the game in the same manner as he did before which is why news about his retirement came up.
“For two or three years I’ve been searching for the right answers, to play a little bit less cricket in one way or another, to keep myself fresh and to keep enjoying the game,” he said. “Every now and then in the past few years I’ve found myself on the pitch not enjoying myself as much as I should be, and that raises concerns within myself. I’ve been searching for answers and speaking to people and obviously that’s leaked a bit.”
He brushed aside news about his retirement but he added that he wants some time off from the game in between because of the amount of cricket being played.
“I was never thinking of leaving Test cricket at all. I was just to find a way to rest a little bit throughout the year. Playing on the cricket pitch has never been an issue for me, it’s just a matter of keeping myself fresh. It’s really tough to stay on top of your game if you play up to 12 months a year. I just have to try and find a balance to keep my fight going and keep that skill level up,” he said.