The Proteas side is ecstatic after their series win against Zimbabwe in limited overs. The absence of Amla and other key players hasn’t hurt the side and provided them with a lot of options to build a formidable XI ahead of World Cup 2019.
Ab de Villiers, their key player announced his retirement from all formats of the game earlier this year. It has to be admitted that the news really shocked the cricketing world as he was expected to be their trump card for the upcoming ICC tournaments. There were rumours that the legend is reconsidering regarding his availability for the 2019 World Cup. However, their skipper Faf du Plessis has ruled out the speculations.
In a recent interview to netwerk24, Du Plessis said “If we wanted him involved in some capacity in the group then it would be as a player. It won’t make sense for me to just have AB de Villiers as part of the management or coaching team. There is, in any case, enough members in our management team. To only have AB there to throw balls won’t suffice.” This statement clarifies that AB will not be available in any means either as a player or as a part of coaching staff.
The South African side suffered a heart-breaking exit from 2015 World Cup due to their inconsistent death bowling. The sight still remains in the hearts of cricket fans as the players were in tears before moving out of the ground. ICC tournaments have become a nightmare for the side and it will be interesting if they can break the shackles in the next edition.
The South African side is all set to tour Australia for the limited over series. This will be a test of character for both the teams as they have a lot of youngsters in their camp who have limited exposure to international cricket.