‘I still need time away from the game’, says AB de Villiers

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“I’m going through rehab at the moment and it’s quite painful”

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has announced that he still needs “time away from game” since his road to recovery after undergoing hand surgery is not progressing as well as he had anticipated.

However, he remains confident that he will be fully fit in time for the national team’s home series against Australia next month.

“It’s still swollen because it was done not so long ago,” de Villiers told South African news channel eNCA. “I still need time away from the game, unfortunately.

“I’m going through rehab at the moment and it’s quite painful.”

De Villiers underwent surgery to remove a plate from his hand, which was put there after he fractured it during the 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

The plate recently started to cause some discomfort and de Villiers decided to have it surgically removed.

De Villiers stated that he was looking forward to going head-to-head with Australia, especially since both teams have been in red-hot form as of late.

“I’m looking forward to a massive series against Australia,” he said. “They’re playing really good cricket, but there’s no reason for us to stand back. We beat them the last time we played, but it’s been a while since we beat them in South Africa.

“I’m looking forward to a rough series against Australia. That’s how it’s going to be played.”

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