I needed a bit of time away from the game, and I need some more. I’m just not ready yet. Playing three formats all of a sudden felt like the world was on top of my shoulders.— AB de Villiers
It’s lose-lose for Cricket South Africa, but win-win for AB.— Neil Manthorp
Why has he not spoken to his best friend [Faf du Plessis]? I suspect AB feels betrayed by Cricket South Africa and by Faf.— Neil Manthorp
AB de Villiers (aka “The Best Batsman in the Universe) will not take part in the four-match Test series with England this summer.
De Villiers will not play Test cricket until much later in the year.
Cape Talk'sJohn Maytham interviewed famed cricket correspondent Neil Manthorp.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
I’m a huge AB fan. But the truth is; he’s not doing himself any favours… The tide of sympathetic support for AB is turning.— Neil Manthorp
People are in pain! They want to see him play Test Cricket!— Neil Manthorp
AB didn’t relinquish the Test captaincy willingly.— Neil Manthorp
AB has the third most lucrative bat sponsorship in the world. It depends on him playing in all formats.— Neil Manthorp
It’s a possibility, but it’s highly unlikely that AB won’t be selected for reasons other than cricketing ones.— Neil Manthorp
AB is driven by a passion and desire to lead the team to winning the World Cup in 2019.— Neil Manthorp