Proteas could look at new wicketkeeper to replace AB
SOUTH Africa could be in the market for a new wicketkeeper for their Test series in Australia next month.
That's the impact of AB de Villiers limping home from the World Twenty20 yesterday, having aggravated back and ankle injuries.
"If we don't manage it properly he could be out [of the Australian series]," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.
"It's probably from the amount of cricket we played the last three-and-a-half months. If it wasn't a World Cup and he wasn't captain, we would have sent him home."
De Villiers is almost certainly out of the Champions League T20 next week, in which he was due to play for the Titans, and a decision on his immediate future will be made once he has seen medical specialists.
The news has reignited debate over De Villiers' workload. He keeps wicket in all three formats, is a key batsman, and captains the one-day and T20 teams.
"We need to take AB to Australia as a batsman only, and to take Dane Vilas as the wicketkeeper," former national selector Hugh Page said.
"Hashim [Amla] is probably the best batsman in the world, but AB is capable of similar things in a different way. We have to protect AB and keep him playing for as long as possible."
For rebel-era wicketkeeper Ray Jennings, De Villiers' own feelings were important: "He's a tough guy and he knows what his responsibilities are, but the important thing is for AB to make the call."
De Villiers said : "I don't believe there is too much on my plate; I really enjoy the captaincy and batting and keeping. It's something we will have to discuss but for now, it's what I am going to do.
"If I miss out on a year at the end of my career, so be it."