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AB de Villiers "not happy" with India and South Africa playing only two Tests

Last updated on 07 Jan 2024 | 10:45 AM
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AB de Villiers "not happy" with India and South Africa playing only two Tests

The 39-year-old blamed the rapid growth of T20 leagues for the situation

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers isn’t too pleased with the fact that India and South Africa played only two Tests, blaming the rapid growth of T20 leagues around the world. 

The Proteas won the first Test by an innings and 32 runs before India made a comeback and won the second encounter by seven wickets to level the series. 

"I am not happy that there is not a third Test. You have to blame the T20 cricket going around the world for that," he said on his YouTube channel. 

"I do not know whom to blame, but I sense something is wrong. If you want to see all the teams compete and see who is the best Test team in the world, something has to change."

South Africa are next scheduled to travel to New Zealand for a two-match Test series in February, and considering the series is colliding with the SA20, the Cricket South Africa announced a second-string squad, with seven uncapped players in the set-up.

“It (South Africa's Test squad for New Zealand) has sent shockwaves around the cricketing world and has made it clear that Test cricket is under pressure, for that matter even ODI cricket and the whole system is turning around T20 cricket.

"The players, the board and coaches will turn towards where there is more money. You cannot blame them for thinking about their future with their family."

Talking about the second Test in Cape Town, which ended inside four and a half sessions, the 39-year-old said: “It was a pretty stock-standard wicket, in my opinion. I remember jumping around there on day one. 

"If you can just get through the first session on day one, it gets easier. If you see the players playing their shots and not hanging around, they were doing well. I remember Ben Stokes scoring a double-hundred there. I scored some hundreds there.

"You cannot allow bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kagiso Rabada to keep bowling on off stump."

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