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AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« on: December 28, 2015, 09:36:38 AM »

A few South African newspapers have reported that AB will retire after this series. He's denied it but does want to reduce his workload, didn't look too convincing

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-england-2015-16/content/story/955937.html

Would be a massive loss to test match cricket.

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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 09:41:30 AM »

I doubt it ... His exit would only weaken the team even more. He might opt out of keeping duties forever. That's definitely possible ...


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 10:25:29 AM »

I think the problem is the SA management are telling him he has to keep, rather than giving him the option. When somebody doesn't listen then quitting is the next option.  I'm sure they would back down if pushed, but would be far from happy about weakening the batting further. I bet they are pretty envious of England's 8 batsman at the moment, including 2 genuine all rounders.

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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 10:55:21 AM »

Morkel dismissed the reports yesterday when they asked him about ABD retiring


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 11:16:59 AM »

Sky commentators discussing this.

Say it's because he has no rest doing all three formats for South Africa and the ipl which leaves little rest.
They too say he needs to get rid of the gloves and just concentrate on batting.
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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2015, 12:53:07 PM »


Sky commentators discussing this.

Say it's because he has no rest doing all three formats for South Africa and the ipl which leaves little rest.
They too say he needs to get rid of the gloves and just concentrate on batting.

Agreed. Shouldn't be keeping at all. Keeping is hard work and it doesn't help his batting. Obviously with age, it's going to take its toll on the body. Certainly does need a rest.


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2015, 01:18:36 PM »

They say de villiers is stumping to get an extra batsmen in.


De kock, although probably not a proper test player, has just got a first class ton.

Can he not stump and bat 7 in the gilchrist/Haddin/prior role??
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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2015, 01:22:51 PM »

I was surprised De Kock isn't playing. He can certainly bat. He could open or play lower down the order. Would help ABD massively


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2015, 01:34:08 PM »

I was surprised De Kock isn't playing. He can certainly bat. He could open or play lower down the order. Would help ABD massively


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This, De Kock has shown he is up to it at an ODI level, and is making FC runs too. Seems silly to have AB keep and guys like Bavuma in as a specialist batsman.
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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2015, 05:19:09 PM »

They say de villiers is stumping to get an extra batsmen in.


De kock, although probably not a proper test player, has just got a first class ton.

Can he not stump and bat 7 in the gilchrist/Haddin/prior role??

Was going to say exactly the same.
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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2015, 05:44:32 PM »

I believe there is fair bit of politics involved which is probably causing more disruption to top SA players. Recently published article covers a bit on that topic.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-england-2015-16/content/story/955937.html

Most of the countries have certain players reserved as test specialist only. SA are probably the only team who have their main core batting line up same between ODI, T20 and test matches. May be they should rotate Amla, ABD, DeVilliers & JP between each home series. Give each guy some time off during the test series at home. This will help them manage the workload of players who are 30+ in age.

ABD could consider giving up his role in IPL as that would save him almost a month and give him a nice mid-year break.

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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2015, 07:50:56 PM »


I believe there is fair bit of politics involved which is probably causing more disruption to top SA players. Recently published article covers a bit on that topic.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-england-2015-16/content/story/955937.html

Most of the countries have certain players reserved as test specialist only. SA are probably the only team who have their main core batting line up same between ODI, T20 and test matches. May be they should rotate Amla, ABD, DeVilliers & JP between each home series. Give each guy some time off during the test series at home. This will help them manage the workload of players who are 30+ in age.

ABD could consider giving up his role in IPL as that would save him almost a month and give him a nice mid-year break.
I agree they should manage the workloads better, but I would look at the schedules and pick away series against lesser opponents to take a break in, as the home supporters will want to see their best players locally, and given the long amounts of time away yours take they could get better r&r during one I those series - extra time with family too

Also, there is no way AB is ever gonna give up the ipl. It is such a spectacle where they are idolised for a month by people in another country, and they get paid loads too! From a player perspective what is not to like?


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 08:02:39 PM »

He might say it's the workload but it has something to do with the quota system and not being able to put the best team on the park. This South African team isn't the best one they can play.

Being forced into keeping so that the quota system is reached.
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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2015, 10:50:59 PM »

Just saw ABD's interview on Sky. In short, he wants to play in the IPL, wants to continue playing for SA but needs a break as its taking its toll on his body


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Re: AB de Villiers to retire from tests rumours
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2015, 11:05:58 PM »

Just saw ABD's interview on Sky. In short, he wants to play in the IPL, wants to continue playing for SA but needs a break as its taking its toll on his body


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I don't have much sympathy. If he takes the IPL money and then expects SA to do him a favour isn't he just looking after number 1? While professional sportsman have a right to earn a wage for their short careers, he isn't going to struggle and why not miss an IPL as well. At least he would show people he is serious about having a break. The problem for cricket SA is eventually he will just tell them to do one and play the t20 circuit. The ICC need to get a grip of t20 cricket and make it clear international cricket comes first. Look at the mess the Windies are in. India might not like it but all the best players need to be playing international cricket first.

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