South Africa's limited-overs captain AB de Villiers has dismissed his retirement rumours from Test cricket saying that he has temporarily taken a break from Test cricket so that he can spend more time with his family.
He also clearly said that his priority is limited overs cricket and representing the nation in the 2019 World Cup and also said that a Test retirement is not on the cards at the moment.
In June 2016, De Villiers injured his elbow and went on surgery due to which he had missed three-test series. But even after recovering from injury, the star batsman did not made comeback to Test fold, which surprised everyone as Mr. 360 ruled himself out from Test cricket for at least a year.
Since then the news was coming that De Villiers is unable to handle the all formats of the game due to which he wants to be quiet from the longest format of the game. But he has now denied all these rumours during in a discussion with Sportzwiki and said he will make a comeback in Test cricket.
AB de Villiers was quoted as saying by Sportzwiki, “The decision not to play Test cricket this year is purely to spend a bit more time at home. I have played a lot of cricket over the past 12 years. Fully committed in all the formats. I have reached a point; actually in 2015 after the World Cup where I really felt flat and exhausted. I just to break away from one of the formats."
He further added on this matter, "So, finally reached the decision of resting a little but in Test cricket. I initially wanted to retire out of the format. But decided to probably keep the option open as I might feel to contribute later.”
Mr. 360 also clarified his decision as he wants to be available for big tours against India and Australia this year so he did not want to take a rash decision. He further added that his decision is purely based on family time as well he wants to move his focus toward World Cup 2018.
ABD Concluded, “In 2018, there are some big tours against India and Australia and the rest of the world. I felt it was important to keep opportunity available and not to make a rash decision. And, maybe I will make a comeback in Test cricket. But, the decision is purely based on family time. I am just tired and the focus has just moved toward the world cup. It is something I haven’t achieved in my career.”