Former South African captain AB de Villiers is ready to make a return to the national side. The right-hander batsmen on Sunday said it would be “fantastic” to return to playing for South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup as he awaits a discussion with national coach Mark Boucher.

The 37-year-old retired from international cricket in May 2018 but has been playing franchise cricket around the world. Yesterday, he scored a match-winning unbeaten 76 as the Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The South African has expressed his wish to represent the Proteas once again and is of the view that the call on his form and fitness would be discussed towards the business end of the T20 World Cup.

“We have been talking about it. Already last year he asked me if I would be interested and I said ‘absolutely’,” De Villiers said after being named man of the match in Bangalore’s third successive win this season.

“Coming into the IPL we will look at where we are with regards to my form, my fitness. If I can slot in there, it will be fantastic for all these things to fall into place.

“I am waiting for Boucher towards the end of IPL and then we will plan accordingly.”


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