AB de Villiers blames T20s for short SA vs India Test series

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers is upset that India and South Africa only played a two-match Test series and blames the situation on the rise of T20 leagues.

De Villiers argued for longer Test series and felt “something has to change” if the world's best team is to be identified.

“I'm not happy that there is no third Test. For that you have to blame T20 cricket which is going around the world,” he said on his YouTube channel. “I don't know who to blame, but I feel something is wrong. If you want to see all the teams compete against each other and see who is the best Test team in the world, something has to change.”

South Africa will then travel to New Zealand in February, again for a two-Test series. However, eyebrows were raised when Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced a second string team for the series, with seven players uncapped, due to a clash with the SA20. Brand Neilwho is yet to make his Test debut, has been given the role of captain of the team.

The Tests will clash with the second season of the SA20, which runs from January 10 to February 10, with most of South Africa's top cricketers taking part in the tournament.

De Villiers believes Test cricket is under pressure and admitted that players and coaches would prefer to opt for competitions that offer big money rather than playing the five-day format.

“It (South Africa's Test team for New Zealand) sent shockwaves through the cricketing world and made it clear that Test cricket is under pressure, for that matter even ODI cricket and the whole system revolves around T20 cricket.

“The players, board and coaches will look to areas where there is more money. You can't blame them for thinking about their future with their family.”

Cape Town's surface is 'pretty standard'

The surface of the second India-South Africa Test has come under intense scrutiny after the match ended in just under two days – the shortest ever in Test cricket history. There were concerns about the quality of the pitch in Cape Town, but de Villiers described the surface as “pretty standard”.

“It was a pretty standard wicket, in my opinion. I remember jumping up there on the first day,” he said. “If you can just get through the first session on the first day, it becomes easier. If you see the players playing their shots and not hanging around, they were doing well. I remember Ben Stokes scoring a double- hundred there. I scored some of the hundreds there.

“You cannot allow bowlers like Vernon Philander, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kagiso Rabada to continue bowling off stump.”

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