AB De Villiers could make his return to international cricket in the Twenty20 series against England next month as his first step towards playing in the World Twenty20 in October.
Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, admitted on Wednesday that talks took place with De Villiers at the end of last year about playing in the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
He will have to play series for South Africa before then and the first opportunity is the three matches against England at the end of this tour.
De Villiers is currently playing in the Big Bash in Australia but that tournament ends on February 8 giving him time to play in the first game against England on February 12. South Africa may decide to wait longer before picking De Villiers but Du Plessis is concerned about changing the team too soon before a global tournament.
“We spoke and I was very keen to have him back and that was even before the new coaching staff was on board‚” Du Plessis said. “And then it was just about what does the next year look like in terms on T20 cricket‚ how many games‚ where‚ when and what and then try and unfold that in a way to get him back.
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