South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis looked made his thoughts pretty clear about various issues involving South African cricket. One of the major topics he talked about was the return of AB de Villiers in the Test squad.
During the press conference after losing the 4-match Test series 3-1 to England, Faf said that getting back De Villiers isn’t the only solutions for the Proteas to get back to the winnings ways. He said, “I would love AB to play – we all know how good he is and we missed him, but we’ve spent too much time talking about when he is going to come back. The hope of him coming back is something we need to move the past, we need to find someone else to fulfill that role. If AB comes back it’s a huge bonus but I don’t expect him to come back into the Test team.”
Du Plessis also brought to a fact that the Quinton de Kock will move back at number 6 or 7 position. He said, “The change with Quinton going in at four was to transfer pressure back on the England team and he is the one guy who can do that. He did that in the second Test with match-changing innings on a green top but from a consistency point of view your number four needs to play the way the team needs him to play and Quinton plays the way Quinton need to play. In conditions like this, with the ball moving around, I think it’s better for Quinton to come in at six or seven like your Bairstow, Stokes, and Ali.”
South Africa’s next project will be against Bangladesh, where they play 2 Tests at home. Expectantly, that series will help the Proteas to bounce back and recollect their authority in Tests. But now it seems that chances of De Villiers making a comeback are negligible.