CAPE TOWN             -          AB de Villiers has confirmed there have been talks about his return to South Africa’s team for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

Late last year captain Faf du Plessis revealed conversations had already begun about whether de Villiers could return following his retirement in May 2018.

De Villiers, widely regarded as one of the best limited- overs batsmen in the world, retired from all forms of international cricket in 2018, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

But after a change in personnel and structure at Cricket South Africa, in which his former team mates Graeme Smith (director of cricket) and Mark Boucher (head coach) have taken key positions, the 35-year-old has had a change of heart.“There is a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality, but I would love to,” De Villiers told reporters in Australia.

“I have been talking to Bouch, Graeme Smith and Faf (Du Plessis) back home. We are all keen to make it happen, it is a long way away still and plenty can happen – there is the IPL (Indian Premier League) coming. I have still got to be in form at that time. But I am thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping everything will work out.”