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AB de Villiers step down from ODIs Captaincy of South Africa - Movingtrend

AFP - Thursday August 24, 2017

AB de Villiers the Captain of the South Africa team, announced that he step down from the captaincy of International-One-Day Cricket. But he will be available for the team in all three cricket formats (T20, ODIs, and Test). He praised Faf du Plessis captaincy in T20 and Test format cricket and said in a statement, "Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams."

He said in statement about step down decision, "Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain." " It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward."

In ICC Champion Trophy England, South Africa team could not reach to Semi-final after defeated by the Pakistan and India. He said he will support whoever be chosen as captain of the South Africa team, "Whoever is chosen as the new ODI captain will have my complete support."

He completely denied the claims of the media that he is selective to play for South africa, in a statement he said, "That is simply not true. That has never been true. Playing for South Africa is, and will always be, the greatest privilege of my life ."

Recently he missed the Test series against England. He said he took break from international cricket due to physical and mental tireddness. He said, "I really do feel refreshed and revived."

He said, "I want to get back on the field and today assured the national selectors that I will be available for selection in all three formats of the game during the coming season." " There is plenty of hard work ahead in the nets and I must prepare properly, but I will be ready to play, if required, from the middle of October. "

He also said, " If I am lucky enough to be selected, I cannot guarantee runs and catches. Nobody can do that." "But what I can absolutely guarantee is 100 per cent commitment to the Proteas in every format of the game, as and when required."

He has averaged 53.56 runs in 221 One Day International games. He made his debute in 2004 against England. He is also a medium right -arm bowlers. He said he will play against the Bangladesh, India and Austrailia which is hosting by South Africa in 2017-2018.

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