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Cricket South Africa has asked me again to lead Proteas, AB de Villiers reveals

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Cricket South Africa has asked AB de Villiers to "re-lead the national side," but the dashing batsman wants to make sure he's in top shape when it's time to dress the national colors.

De Villiers, an explosive batsman, announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket in May 2018 but late there have been talks in the national team about an imminent return.

"The desire to play for South Africa is there from my side and Cricket South Africa has been asked to lead the Proteas again," said De Villiers, 36, who played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s, during the Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected.'

But the former captain said he's only going to make a comeback if he feels he's good enough to play internationally despite being a regular franchise circuit.

"The most important thing for me is that I have to be in top shape and I have to be better next to me than the player. If I feel I deserve my spot on the side, it becomes much easier for me to feel I should be part of the XI game," he said.

"I haven't been part of the Proteas for a while and I feel it's important to see that I'm still good enough to be there for myself and others," he said.

South African coach Mark Boucher had previously said that De Villiers would only be considered as the "best man for the job" in the national team for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia if he shows good shape.

But in the wake of COVID-19, De Villiers is still not sure when to play next round of cricket.

"I don't know what is going to happen with the schedule though, with the virus going around," he signed off.

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