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South Africa leave door ajar as AB De Villiers eyes a comeback

SOUTH Africa could be ready to welcome AB De Villiers back from retirement, assistant coach Enoch Nkwe has confirmed.

De Villiers (pictured) retired from international cricket in 2018 but was reportedly keen to play in last year’s World Cup but could not come to an agreement with team management.

There has since been an overhaul at Cricket South Africa, with De Villiers’ former team-mates Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher installed as director of cricket and coach.

A call-up for this year’s T20 World Cup has been mooted and, speaking yesterday, De Villiers, 35, said he was in contact with Boucher, Smith and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis.

‘I’ve been talking to Bouch, Graeme and Faf. We are all keen to make it happen,’ he said. ‘There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality, (but) I’d love to.’

Nkwe said: ‘Maybe it is something that is happening behind the scenes.

‘If he was to be approached, I know he’d be someone who would consider it. [But] you have to earn it, it’s not just walking into the team.’