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“We’ll have to wait and see what happens”
South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers has announced that he is unsure whether he wants to take over as Test captain.
De Villiers finds himself in this predicament after current skipper Graeme Smith announced that he would be retiring at the end of the ongoing third and final Test against Australia in Cape Town.
However, even if de Villiers does not want to over-burden himself by replacing Smith as captain, Cricket South Africa still have the option of Faf du Plessis, who currently leads the country’s Twenty20 team.
“I’m not sure,” de Villiers told Cricket Australia’s TV channel. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“I’ll have a few discussions with the coach and team selectors. If it does come my way it’d be a huge honour.”
De Villiers admitted that he himself was shocked by Smith’s decision to retire.
“I thought he had another year or two in him,” he said. “Each guy’s situation is different. Maybe it’s a good time for him to move on. He’s obviously got his personal reasons.
“I’d rather look back to a superb career and just say congrats over what he has achieved over many years.
“What he has achieved as captain and what he has achieved away from the game and on the field is just amazing and something to look up to.”
South Africa head coach Russell Domingo also conceded that he wasn’t expecting Smith to retire at the end of this series.
“I had an inkling that it might be around the corner with what has been happening in his life and it is a lot of pressure doing it for 12 years,” Domingo said. “I’m not entirely surprised but I am a bit surprised by the timing of it.
“He’s a guy that has always played under a lot of pressure. He’s absorbed a lot of pressure and a lot of criticism.
“He’s always found the inner strength to ensure he concentrates on his performances and leads the team irrespective of what perceptions of him are.
“His presence alone is going to be sorely missed.”