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De Villiers pulls out of New Zealand series

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JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17: Fuelling talk that he might call it a day in Test cricket, South African star batsman AB de Villiers pulled out of the upcoming series in New Zealand in March, although saying this was not a retirement call.

�Not yet. I�m not there yet,� de Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPN on Tuesday.

�The reason being that I just need to settle things in my head. Over the last few years something has come to mind, which is the fact that we haven�t won a World Cup yet. And for me to make it to the 2019 World Cup, I can�t really be serious in every format.

�So I�ve made myself unavailable for the New Zealand Test series. I will be there for the ODIs, and I�m definitely not retiring from Test cricket because I have plans to come back at some stage,� he added.

De Villiers said he wanted to focus on the 2019 World Cup ahead of everything else at present. � IANS

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De Villiers pulls out of New Zealand series

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17: Fuelling talk that he might call it a day in Test cricket, South African star batsman AB de Villiers pulled out of the upcoming series in New Zealand in March, although saying this was not a retirement call.

�Not yet. I�m not there yet,� de Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPN on Tuesday.

�The reason being that I just need to settle things in my head. Over the last few years something has come to mind, which is the fact that we haven�t won a World Cup yet. And for me to make it to the 2019 World Cup, I can�t really be serious in every format.

�So I�ve made myself unavailable for the New Zealand Test series. I will be there for the ODIs, and I�m definitely not retiring from Test cricket because I have plans to come back at some stage,� he added.

De Villiers said he wanted to focus on the 2019 World Cup ahead of everything else at present. � IANS