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AB de Villiers ignored for South Africa’s T20I squad despite Boucher’s comments
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AB de Villiers ignored for South Africa’s T20I squad despite Boucher’s comments

South Africa has named its T20I squad against Australia, with a few alterations from the roster that played against England. Faf du Plessis, who recently stepped down from captaincy, has also been named in the squad and the fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will make a comeback for the Proteas. The highlight of the squad was the missing name of AB de Villiers after Mark Boucher indicated that MR.360 is a potential candidate to represent South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.

South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher has decided to put egos aside and make the best team to compete in the all-important T20 fest scheduled in Australia. However, AB de Villiers still did not make it to South Africa’s T20I squad for the upcoming series against the Kangaroos. Boucher emphasized on AB de Villiers' recent form by saying, “If AB is in good form and raring to go and he makes himself available; if he is the best man for the job, then he must go”.

AB de Villiers will represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming Indian Premier League season 2020. His stint with the Challengers will play a key role in South Africa’s decision to include him in the World Cup. Since his retirement, South Africa’s performance in all 3 formats has been affected. The comeback of de Villiers will certainly set tunes for the lurking Proteas.

South Africa T20I squad for Australia: Quinton de Kock(captain), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.