ICC World Cup SHOCKING – AB de Villiers asked for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 recall, Cricket South Africa says NO

first_imghighlights AB de Villiers holds the record for fastest 50, 100 and 150.South Africa has never reached the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup.South Africa have lost their first three games in the World Cup for the first time. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Zondi said that the selection of AB de Villiers would have been unfair on the players who have been performing since his retirement and added he did not fulfil the criteria of not playing enough domestic or international cricket during that period.In a shock move in 2018, de Villiers announced on his Twitter page that he had announced his retirement. “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired. This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my teammates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years,” de Villiers said at that time.De Villiers will continue playing freelance Twenty20 cricket and will join Middlesex in the Twenty20 Blast in England while for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he smashed 442 runs at 44.20 in the recent IPL and is also planning a stint in the Big Bash League.Recently, de Villiers made some controversial statements by saying the IPL was better than the World Cup and he also opened up on how he was criticised for picking and choosing his matches. “I know I am sitting in India and busy playing in the IPL, so it’s easy to say. But I have played in quite a few (tournaments) now across the world. I think it’s better than the World Cup. I was labelled as a guy who is picking and choosing when I was playing and when not. So I got quite a lot of criticism from back home, which also played a role in me retiring. And it was difficult for me to then go ‘Hey, but I’ll still play the World Cup’. It’s that picking and choosing thing again, and it’s quite arrogant to do something like that. But as they say, you can’t have your bread buttered on both sides,” de Villiers said.South Africa is facing a dire situation in the World Cup. They may have to win all their remaining six matches in order to stay in contention for the semi-final but a loss in their next game against West Indies could spell the end of their campaign. New Delhi: South Africa are enduring a terrible time in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash. They lost their opening game to England by 104 runs and were humbled by both Bangladesh and India in their next two games. They are low on confidence and have not been helped by injuries to their key players, including their ace pacer Dale Steyn who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. Fans of South Africa cricket have been vocal about the team’s performance on social media, with some calling for the return of AB de Villiers, their star batsman and former captain back in the side. However, a report has emerged that is bound to send shockwaves in the South Africa team in the World Cup.According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, AB de Villiers, who had retired in May 2018, had apparently made an effort to come out of international retirement and make himself available for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Before the selection of the South Africa squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in April 2019, de Villiers had approached head coach Ottis Gibson, skipper Faf du Plessis and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi expressing his desire to come out of retirement. However, the report said de Villiers’ suggestion was ‘not even considered’. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

LSU’s Derrius Guice reportedly will play against Syracuse after previously being ruled out

first_imgGuice had not practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to a “minor injury,” according to Nola.com. The junior had 15 carries for 76 yards in LSU’s loss last week against Mississippi State before missing the last quarter and a half.“He’s a very, very talented back,” SU head coach Dino Babers said Monday. “I think he’s different from the starter last year (Leonard Fournette). I think he’s more complete. I think he can catch passes, I think he can run, and he’s tough between the tackles. He’s one of those guys that gets six, eight, 10, then he goes for 20, then he goes for 40. He’s going to be very difficult to stop.”The backup running back, senior Darrel Williams, has 28 carries for 159 yards and four rushing touchdowns this season. Comments Published on September 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img One day after Louisiana State head coach Ed Orgeron said, “He will not play this week,” about star running back Derrius Guice, that has reportedly changed.Guice will now play for the No. 25 Tigers (2-1) against the Orange (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, SU head coach Dino Babers predicted Guice would play.“That guy is a competitor,” Babers said, “I’m sure he’s going to be out there.”last_img read more

Israel Folau in no rush to decide his rugby future

first_imgThe superstar fullback is off contract at the end of 2018 and even the lure of a second Rugby World Cup appearance next year may not be enough to keep Folau in the 15-man code.       “Look, it’s something I enjoyed last time around. But, in saying that, there’s plenty of options on the line and, when that time comes, I’ll make a decision when I’m ready,” Folau said on Wednesday.     “There’s no rush. I want to make sure everything is set in position and I feel comfortable and I’ll come out and make that announcement.”            The only three-times winner of the John Eales Medal as Australian rugby’s premier player, Folau commands upwards of $1 million a season, with not only cashed-up clubs in Europe and Japan circling.       A rugby league Test representative at just 18, a multiple State of Origin series victor with Queensland and a grand final winner with Melbourne as a teenager, Folau is also undoubtedly once more in the sights of NRL clubs. A move from the NSW Waratahs to the Auckland-based Blues is also not out of the question after Folau married New Zealand netball star Maria Tutaia last November.             The threat of losing its No.1 drawcard and match winner will surely sound alarm bells at Rugby Australia.              At 28, Folau is at the peak of his powers physically, but still hopes to take his football to new heights.”I feel really good. Physically, my body’s in good shape and I feel good and I feel mentally good as well,” said the 62-Test stalwart ahead of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby hosting of the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday.”I just feel like I’m happy with parts of my game but certainly I’m never satisfied fully. I’m alwayswanting to get better.”               After helping the Wallabies reach the 2015 World Cup final, Folau indicated the global showpiece wasn’t the be-all and end-all when asked if Japan 2019 was a big enough carrot to ensure his future lay in rugby.   He is placing no time frame on any announcement.        “I’m pretty comfortable in terms of my position and where everything is going,” he said.             “There’s no rush from my end. My management – like I’ve said so many times in the past – are always doing a lot of work in the background.”I haven’t really thought about it too much. My job obviously is solely here on what I can do with the team here and my mind’s obviously on the game on Sunday.”last_img read more