AB De Villiers focused on Tests – For now

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AB de Villiers insists he is fully focused on captaining South Africa in the remaining two Tests with England but may not stay in the job long term.

The 31-year-old was handed the reins after Hashim Amla’s decision to stand down after the second Test in Cape Town.

De Villiers was the obvious choice as he already skippers the one-day side and has the total respect of his team-mates due to his exploits with the bat.

The Proteas currently trail 1-0 in the four-match series, with England claiming the opening match in Durban before a high-scoring draw last time out.

Alastair Cook’s men will secure the series if they win in Johannesburg, with the tourists priced at 2.63 to take the spoils, South Africa on offer at 3.00, and the draw at 2.70.

Another stalemate will mean that the final match in Centurion will have some meaning and it might also be De Villiers’ last in charge, with rumours that he will quit Test cricket to concentrate on the two shortened versions of the sport.

Whether that is the case only time will tell, with the Pretoria-born ace giving little away in Wednesday’s press conference, but the hard-hitting right-hander insists that his mind is exactly where it should be with two huge games on the horizon.

“The two Test matches for now is all I’m focusing on, and there is a nice six-month break before we play Test match cricket again,” he said.

“Lots of things can happen before then and I don’t want to commit myself too much to everything before then.”

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