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AB de Villiers takes time off to reassess workload

But Buttler, handed the captaincy after Eoin Morgan chose to rest himself in order to blood new faces, also reserved praise for Curran and Crane.But a Test series against England is the centrepiece of a four-month tour.However, it has always been planned that de Villiers would miss the four-Test campaign to take a break from the strain of being one of the world’s leading players in all three worldwide formats, as well as a man in demand at lucrative Twenty20 franchise events around the world.The white-ball phase of the current tour of England came to a disappointing end for the Proteas with defeat in the three-match T20 series. Dane Paterson had set the game up for Phehlukwayo in the Taunton win, but he was the main man in stopping England at the death. “I supposed you could say that I was fortunate not to have been part of the Champions Trophy and I haven’t been involved in the disappointments, even though I feel it as a South African”.The Middlesex left-hander, who was educated in South Africa and began his career in the Western Cape at Boland, has had to wait until being close to his 30th birthday to make his worldwide bow.If he does continue to play for South Africa, along with CSA, there has to be clarity on exactly what role he will play in the future.Malan targeted South Africa’s seamers, striking 12 fours and two sixes in a 44-ball knock as England posted 181-8.”Dawid Malan just did what he’s being doing outside of the team”. If his second six – thumped straight into the River Taff off Morkel -was the most brutal strike in his clinical assault, then the most audacious was the shot that brought up his half-century from 31 balls.as Tahir was dinked through fine leg to the delight of a almost full house.Jason Roy and Alex Hales were reunited at the top of the order but the former’s innings was abruptly ended as he made just six runs, perhaps still haunted by his weird dismissal in the second T20 match. “But Mason showed great heart and character to get his wicket”.The wicket was essential as England took wickets regularly to thwart a run chase that ended 19 short. They appointed Andrew Strauss as team director.With the selectors again expected to rest a host of big-name players ahead of this winter’s Ashes, it looks certain Malan will be given further opportunities in the limited-overs internationals against West Indies in September.”To play for your country is a fantastic achievement”. I love playing worldwide cricket, but unfortunately that is the case. “It’s tough, but it’s a call you have to make looking to the long term”. The SA skipper was going at two runs per ball and Crane was under a lot of pressure bowling to one of the best batsmen in the world and getting hammered.