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AB de Villiers steps down as Proteas ODI captain

De Villiers took over the captaincy from Graeme Smith after the 2011 cricket World Cup and guided the team to the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

AB de Villiers confirmed that he will be stepping down as the Proteas’ One Day International (ODI) captain on 23 August 2017. Picture: Twitter/@ABdeVilliers17

JOHANNESBURG - AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will be stepping down as the Proteas’ One Day International (ODI) captain, after months of speculation surrounding his international career and commitment to the national team.

De Villiers took over the captaincy from Graeme Smith after the 2011 cricket World Cup and guided the team to the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, the 2015 World Cup and the recent 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

This is the second captaincy position that the 33-year-old is relinquishing, after handing over the Test cricket leadership to Faf du Plessis when he made his intentions to play less test cricket apparent.

De Villiers, who holds the world records for the fastest 50 and 100 runs, has committed himself to the national team in all formats, should he be called upon by Cricket South Africa.

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