“I definitely think they’ve got to go down the route of trying to convince AB de Villiers, even if it is just for six months for those two big tours, that he needs to make himself available. Then, the next step would be to try and find someone consistent at the top of the order. I think those are the two big challenges for the South Africans,” Pollock said on the Cricket Writers podcast.
Former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock wants Cricket South Africa to convince AB de Villiers to make a return to Test cricket ahead of the crucial series against India and Australia.
After missing out a few games due to injuries last year, de Villiers voluntarily took a break from Test cricket to manage his workload. But Pollock thinks that it would be prudent on Cricket South Africa’s part to convince him to return to action for red-ball cricket, if only for the series against India and Australia.
“They have been disappointing, even the form players have shown little bits and pieces of what they’re capable of, but no one really has gone and gotten big scores consistently,” Pollock said.
“Hashim Amla has been okay by his standards, Dean Elgar’s got a hundred, Temba Bavuma has been solid without going on to three figures and Faf has shown glimpses. Quinton de Kock hasn’t been at his best, while the struggles of Heino Kuhn have been well documented.
“So I think that it’s a bit of a challenge going forward. They’ve got Bangladesh coming up at home where they can maybe try and settle things down, but then they’ve two big tours, India at the end of the year and then Australia after that, those are massive tours,” he added.