BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed AB De Villiers’ decision to step down as captain of the Standard Bank Proteas Test team with immediate effect.
So far, De Villiers has led the Proteas in two Test matches against England. He afterwards sustained an injury which made him miss the series against New Zealand and Australia at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season.
That, was after he was appointed captain in January following Hashim Amla’s resignation.
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De Villiers commented that his decision was in the interest of the team. He said:
“The interests of the team must always outweigh the interests of any individual, including me.
It was a fantastic honour for me to be asked to captain the Test side but I have missed two series and I am still in doubt for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Following the squad’s outstanding performances in Australia, it is clearly in the greater interests of the team that Faf du Plessis should be confirmed as the permanent Test captain.
I have known Faf for almost 20 years, ever since we played in the same school side at Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool, and he will have my unequivocal support if he is asked to continue leading this exciting Proteas Test team.”
De Villiers wouldn’t take part in the three-match Sunfoil Test series against Sri Lanka as he’s still fighting his elbow injury.
Commenting, Dr Mohammed Moosajee – Proteas’ team manager – related that De Villiers’ left elbow is much improved but is still regaining the last few degrees of straightening.
“Fitness to play requires a full range of elbow movement and this may take another 3-4 weeks to achieve. He will be unavailable for the Test series against Sri Lanka and will target a return for the ODI series starting at the end of January,” Moosajee divulged.
Meanwhile, Haroon Lorgat, the Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa praised De Villiers for his decision to step down for Du Plessis.
“AB has always carried himself as a true team player and his decision to step down confirms his attitude to put the team first,” Lorgat said. And, added that “it is no surprise that the CSA Board has confirmed Faf du Plessis as the Test captain to take over from AB.”