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De Villiers to lead South Africa in Sri Lanka ODIs
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa

De Villiers to lead South Africa in Sri Lanka ODIs

After battling an elbow injury for seven months, AB De Villiers is all set to lead South Africa in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting January 28.

De Villiers last featured in an ODI during a tri-nation tournament in June. The star batsman made headlines last week when he returned to competitive cricket scoring a blistering 134 not out during a domestic 50-over contest for Northerns against Eastern.

He will be taking reins from Faf du Plessis, who led South Africa to a resounding 5-0 win over Australia at home last year.

Known for his ability to score around the dial, De Villiers presence in the dressing room is vital for the Proteas in the lead up to the all-important ICC Champions Trophy in England this year.

De Villiers has 8742 ODI runs under his belt at an average of 54.

The 32-year-old, however, will have to come up with new compositions in both the batting and bowling departments after Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw went Kolpak.

Deemed to spearhead South Africa’s bowling unit in Champions Trophy later this year, Abbott took aback national selectors with his announcement of early retirement. Twenty-year-old Lungi Ngidi has been drafted in the 15-man squad as the selection panel start the hunt to replace Abbott, with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel side-lined due to injuries.

All-rounder Chris Morris also makes a return to the ODI line-up after he missed the home series against Australia due to a knee injury.

South Africa Squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.