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Ex-Australia batsman Michael Hussey believes that AB de Villiers won’t represent South Africa in Test cricket ever again.
In January, De Villiers confirmed that he would miss most of the Proteas’ Test series this year as he wanted to avoid any more serious injuries and keep himself fit for the 2019 World Cup.
While De Villiers has insisted that he has no plans to retire from the longest format, Hussey doesn’t think the 33-year-old will add another Test to the 106 he has played thus far.
“If I’m being honest I’d be surprised if he keeps playing (Tests) due to the toll Test cricket takes on your body,” Hussey told cricket.com.au. “Body-wise he has back problems plus he’s had this elbow injury that kept him out for a long time. I think he’ll really try and focus on the shorter formats of the game.”
Meanwhile, Hussey revealed that after meeting De Villiers at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), he could detect a serious determination in the eyes of the Pretoria native when it came to the Champions Trophy in England in June.
South Africa won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1998, but since then, they have failed to make it to the final.
“I caught up with him while I was in India (commentating the IPL) and he’s desperate to win a tournament with South Africa in one-day cricket,” Hussey added. “He thinks they can win a World Cup, so this is like a mini-World Cup and it’s what’s driving him in his cricket career at the moment.
“When you’ve got such a quality player that’s highly motivated, personally and for the team, then that’s a pretty dangerous combination for the opposition.”