De Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du Plessis

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SOUTHAMPTON: Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis revealed that his AB de Villiers had called him the night before the team was to be picked for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and told him that he was ready to come out of retirement to play for the national team if needed.

But the phone call came in too late as the South African selectors had already picked the 15-member squad for the grand cricketing event by that time and announced the team minus de Villiers the next day.

“It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced. It was just a ‘this is what I’m feeling’ [phone call].

“I said to him, ‘I think it is too late but I will check in with the coach and the selectors the next morning.’ When I spoke to the coach and the selectors, they all agreed that it was way, way too late to change the team on 99.99 per cent,” du Plessis revealed after South Africa’s fourth game against West Indies got washed out.

Du Plessis, however, added that recent turn of events has not affected his bond with de Villiers. “AB and I are still friends.”