Former captain of the South African Test team, Ab de Villiers is believed to have informed the Cricket South Africa (CSA) that he will be putting down his papers in the longest format of the game soon. The batting mainstay, it is learnt, wanted to quit last year itself but was persuaded to stay on for an extra year.
However, he is considering Test retirement for the second time, and is unlikely to make a comeback in whites after being out of the game for a year. Whether the CSA convinces him to stay longer remains to be seen.
The South African stalwart made his Test debut in 2004 and has played 106 Tests, during which time he amassed 8074 runs, with 21 centuries at an average of 52.00. He also played as a wicketkeeper in a few of those games.
De Villiers played his last Test against England in 2016, after which injuries forced him to bench himself. However, towards the end of last year, he made his return to only the shorter formats.
There have also been numerous calls to relieve the batting legend of the ODI captaincy but his idea of his retiring from Tests comes as a surprise.
Perhaps, De Villiers now wants to save all his abilities for limited overs cricket since South African have not won an ICC tournament since 1998. They could not make it to the semifinals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 either. Perhaps the 2019 ODI World Cup will be the South African skipper’s last chance at breaking the drought. He would be too eager to being home the silverware, which they last won in the first edition of the Champions Trophy in 1998, under the leadership of the late Hansie Cronje.