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DE VILLIERS SEEKS TO RETURN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

DE VILLIERS SEEKS TO RETURN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

AB de Villiers does not want to rest for his injury and staying away from ground hurts him a lot

 

 

AB de Villiers gained an elbow injury while playing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. This marked his first injury since his debut in 2004. The South African Test skipper will be missing the Test for the first time in his life and he belives that his injuries are "like a thief in the night".

 

 It is very painful in the part of the 32-year-old to miss the ground for whom playing cricket is a significant segment of life. Due to his injury he might not be able to enter the ground for the next six months.

 

"I have five to six niggles at the moment, including the shoulder that everybody knows about which started about eight months ago. I have been hanging in there. I did fool myself a bit in thinking that I could just keep going and keep going and it has sort of caught up with me a bit," AB de Villiers said in Durban on Monday (August 15). "It's a big shame that I am losing out a few Test matches. It caught me like a thief in the night. This was not part of the plan." said de Villiers.

 

"I love playing for my country and I would love to play as long as I can. You've got to look after your body sometimes and that's happening with the six weeks now. Hopefully after this New Zealand series I will be ready to go and will tackle the Aussies in October. There's a game against Ireland in seven weeks' time. That's a good time to test where I am physically," added the South African Test skipper.

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75