I have been asked to lead the Proteas

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Retrieved 29 April 2020, 17:26 IST

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AB de Villiers is batting for the Brisbane Heat

AB de Villiers has revealed that he has been asked to lead South Africa but said he will only be able to make an international comeback if he gets a place in the team.

The explosive batsman ended his Protea career in May 2011 “due to running out of gas”.

Mark Boucher said he would try to persuade de Villiers to return to international level after being appointed head coach, and the 3-year-old said he would “love” to play for his country again because of the T20 World Cup. Will be staged later this year.

Former captain de Villiers says he has been asked not only to retire, but to take the lead again.

“I have a desire to play for South Africa and Cricket South Africa has asked the Proteas to lead again,” he told Star Sports Cricket Connected.

“The most important thing to me is that I’ve been able to stay in top form and be better than the player next to me.

“I feel that I deserve a place in my team, it is much easier for me to feel that I should play in the XI.

“I haven’t been a part of the Proteas for a while and I feel like it’s important for me and other people to see that I can still be there.”

Quinton de Kock took over from Faf du Plessis as South Africa’s white ball captain in January.