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De Villiers named wicketkeeper for tests against England

AB de Villiers named as wicketkeeper in squad for 1st 2 tests against England

De Villiers named wicketkeeper for tests against England

JOHANNESEBURG, South Africa (AP) -- AB de Villiers will be behind the wickets for the first two tests of the Proteas' four-match home series against England starting this month as South Africa selectors rework their lineup after a disappointing tour of India.

The world's top-ranked test side suffered a 3-0 defeat in a four-test series in India last week when it failed to score more than 214 in a single innings, leading the selectors to return to a policy of picking seven specialist batsmen.

As a result, De Villiers was named as wicketkeeper in Thursday's squad, with wicketkeeper-batsmen Quinton de Kock and Dane Vilas selected for the second-tier South Africa A side that will face England in their second and final warm-up match.

The first test against England starts Dec. 26 in Durban.

Updated : 2021-09-20 11:04 GMT+08:00