AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa’s Test captain

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first_imgAB de villiers has given up South Africa’s Test captaincy with immediate effect and has backed team-mate Faf du Plessis to take over the role on a permanent basis.”Following the squad’s performances in Australia, it is in the greater interests of the team that Faf should be confirmed as Test captain,” de Villiers said.”I have missed two series and I am still in doubt for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. The interests of the team must always outweigh the interests of any individual, including me,” he added.Moreover, the Proteas team manager also confirmed that an injured de Villiers will be unavailable for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting December 26 but will try to return for the one-dayers at the end of January.Subsequently, Cricket South Africa have also confirmed du Plessis to take over from de Villiers. “It is no surprise that the CSA Board has confirmed Faf du Plessis as the Test captain to take over from AB,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.”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 also said.De Villiers took over the Test captaincy in January after Hashim Amla stepped down and led South Africa in two Tests against England. However, he had to miss the tours of New Zealand and Australia due to an elbow injury.last_img

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