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AB de Villiers keen to recover for Adelaide Test

AB de Villiers keen to recover for Adelaide Test
AB de Villiers will face a lengthy layoff period following a surgery on his elbow
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South African captain AB de Villiers, who underwent a surgery to his elbow, is keen to recover in time for the day-night Test match against Australia in Adelaide later this year.

De Villiers has been ruled out of the tour of Australia due to his elbow injury which needed the surgery but the flamboyant right-hander is hoping that he can race against time to recover.

Currently, the 32-year-old is facing around eight to ten weeks on the sidelines as he recovers from the surgery, but de Villiers feels that the time can be sped up.

“I’m holding onto that (hope) a little bit,” de Villiers told FiveAA.

“According to the surgeons and the doctors there’s no chance.

“They did give me six weeks before rehab starts. I always feel the rehab phase can be sped up a bit.

“So maybe after the six weeks, if I do fly over straight away, I’ll be there for the second Test match.

“There may be an opportunity to prepare during that game – not play in it – and then be ready for the Adelaide Test, which would be a dream come true to play in a day-night Test against Australia.”

“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and unfortunately I’ve got to sort this out,” de Villiers said.

“It came at a really bad time; there’s one Test series you really don’t want to miss out on and it’s playing Australia in Australia.”

One of the key batsmen for South Africa in the recent past, de Villiers’ absence for the Australian tour will be a significant blow for the Proteas.

Late last year, there were rumours over about Villiers wanting to quit a format in order to decrease his workload in cricket.

Thereafter, de Villiers admitted that he wants to manage his workload better but confirmed that he was not looking to retire from any format.

De Villiers admitted that he pushed himself too hard last year in an attempt to give his best for the team during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

“I think in the last couple of seasons I did push it a bit too much,” the Proteas star said.

“I was very driven to win the 2015 World Cup and an injury was never going to keep me off the park.

“I was always going to just work through it.

“I think after that World Cup there was a big dip in my physical fitness and also mentally, I was a bit drained.

“I only realised that after the World Cup that I’d been pushing too hard.”

The Cricket World Cup remains elusive for South Africa, who were unable to progress to the final in the 2015 edition and de Villiers asserted that his biggest dream is to win the 2019 edition.

“That’s the biggest dream for me, that 2019 World Cup,” he said.

“I will have to manage myself to get there.

“I’ve always been a fit guy; I could maybe go even further than 2019.

“But to me 2019 is the main one. I would love to be around for that World Cup … if I get selected, of course.”

With 8592 runs from 201 games, de Villiers is South Africa’s second highest run scorer in One-Day International cricket, only behind Jacques Kallis.

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