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AB de Villiers returns to South Africa squad for remaining ODIs against India

De Villiers missed the first three games of the six-match series with a finger injury he sustained during the Wanderers Test.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 08, 2018 22:12 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES AB de Villiers in action during a practice session

Despite losing the first three Tests in the six-match ODI series, South Africa will be high on hope in the remaining matches as their star batsman AB de Villiers returned to the squad. However, a call on his availability for the fourth match, to be held at the Wanderers on Saturday, will only be taken after he is assessed at Friday's practice.

De Villiers missed the first three games of the six-match series with a finger injury he sustained during the Wanderers Test. His inclusion was the only change to the existing squad.

"Having AB back is going to be a massive boost. He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well," JP Duminy had said after South Africa lost the third ODI at Newlands by 124 runs.

The free-scoring de Villiers had bruised an index finger attempting to take a catch in the 63-run defeat in the third Test against the tourists here.

De Villiers has scored 9,515 runs in 225 ODIs at an average of more than 54 and a strike rate of 101.

He holds the record for the fastest century in the format, reaching the milestone off only 31 balls against the West Indies in 2015.

Squad: Aiden Markram (C), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen.

(With PTI inputs)

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