South African ferocious batsman AB de Villiers has announced that he'll not be available for selection for the three-Test series in New Zealand in March but clarified that he will not retire from test cricket any time soon.
De Villiers has completely recovered from his elbow injury due to which he had missed home Test series wins over New Zealand and Sri Lanka. On Tuesday, talking to reporters, de Villiers said, "I've made (myself) unavailable for the Tests in New Zealand. I'm not there yet. I need a bit of time just to settle things in my head. For me, the goal is the 2019 World Cup - I want to lift that trophy. I'm not retiring out of any format - that's for sure. I am not prepared to do that."
De Villiers has played 106 Tests with an average of 50.46 but reckons that he needs a lot of things to improve on. He said, "My main aim is to get to that 2019 World Cup and I am going to do everything possible to get there. It's important to play the other formats but, mentally and physically, I need to be in a good space come to the 2019 World Cup and that's what I am aiming for."
Mr. 360 concluded by talking about some of the choices of his life. He said, "I am going to have to make certain choices. It's not easy for me. I have always been the go-ahead guy, the team man, never want to miss a game for South Africa and I still do, but the schedules these days, it's really tough to play all formats."