'No final decision on Proteas keeper'

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten says no decision has been made regarding their ODI keeper.

Proteas T20 Captain AB De Villiers. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - AB De Villiers might part ways with the wicket keeper gloves in the near future.

At one stage, de Villiers seemed to be the Proteas' number with the gloves while on Thursday coach Gary Kirsten made it clear no long term plans have been made.

Kirsten said they are exploring their options.

"I don't think we've made any final decisions on that. We're going through a phase with his keeping where we're exploring and understanding it. We certainly haven't closed a door on that he will become our One Day keeper."

Kirsten explained why he let go of the responsibility in the current ODI series against New Zealand.

"He had an opportunity to focus on his captaincy. He's a young captain, there's a lot to do on the field as a captain. I had a concern from the outset when I spoke to the selectors when we made him captain that doing a job of a captain, batting at four and keeping was going to be a tough role in One Day cricket."

Despite doing down in the series and playing for nothing but pride on Friday in the final ODI, Kirsten said there are valuable lessons to learn in defeat.

"Sometimes to fulfil a longer term vision you need to take a few steps back. I think we've taken a few steps back, but in terms of a longer vision, it gives us clarity of where we're going as a unit."