Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Superman Returns? Very possibly

In possibly the least surprising about turn of all time, especially considering he tried a very similar change of plan a season ago, AB de Villiers has once again raised the possibility of a return to international cricket. de Villiers, who is in Australia for the Big Bash League, confirmed in a press conference that he is in discussion with the new hierarchy in charge of South African cricket to possibly play in the T20 world cup.

"There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality, I would love to," de Villers said after making a fine 32-ball 40 in Brisbane's win over Adelaide Strikers. "I've been talking to Bouch, Graeme Smith and Faf back home. We are all keen to make it happen, it's a long way away still and plenty can happen - there's the IPL coming, I've still got to be in form at that time. I'm thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping everything will work out.

"It's not a guarantee, I don't want to disappoint myself or other people, so for now I'm just going to try and keep a low profile, play the best possible cricket I can and we'll see what happens towards the end of the year."

As the man himself says, it is not a guarantee. AB has not played international cricket since March 2018, which is a long to spend feasting on the substandard bowling which largely makes up the T20 cricket circuit. Even so, it is a fact that he has been in red hot form in these leagues. He racked up an impressive 325 runs at a strike rate of 152.5 in the Mzansi Super League at an average of 46.42. Similarly, he was imperious in the IPL with 442 runs at an average of 44.2 and a strike rate of 154. Finally in the T20 Blast, he was simply unplayable, with 348 runs at a scarcely believable average fo 69.6 with his strike rate at a whopping 183.

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