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England v South Africa: AB de Villiers says hosts have 'earned respect'

19 May 2017

Cricket South Africa (CSA) does languish behind when it comes to paying their players in comparison to Australia and England.

However, despite making his comeback, De Villiers will only concentrate on limited overs cricket in order to keep himself as fresh as possible leading up to the 2019 World Cup. De Villiers still maintains that Test cricket and worldwide cricket must be a priority.

"I haven't retired, no".

When asked if he will change his mind prior to the Test series against England, De Villiers said: "I haven't retired, no".

"It's a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament", de Villiers said after the South Africans had their first practice in Hove this morning, ahead of a day-night match against Sussex Sharks at the 1 Central County Ground tomorrow.

"It's the decision for this year".

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"If we play the type of cricket we have played in the past couple of years I believe that no one can stop us".

"Physically I realised I'm the best I can be when I'm fresh and looking forward to cricket instead of the other way round and being exhausted when I'm playing".

That course of action has already paid off as the 33-year-old batting magician feels "100%" for his upcoming challenges, especially the ICC Champions Trophy next month.

It should thus not come as a surprise that the likes of de Villiers prefer the IPL riches over national duties. "I made some important decisions for my life and career in the a year ago or so in order for me to have the best chance of winning trophies".

"They did really well to come back from that", said De Villiers. They're obviously a very talented bunch, and they've earned a lot of respect.

All-rounder Stokes, 25, scored his maiden Twenty20 century for Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League, also taking 12 wickets, but will not play in the final after being recalled by England.

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"I think it is a good move not to have family during the tournament".

They arrived in Hove on Wednesday night for Friday's warm up game against Sussex and pose a real challenge for England being the world's no 1 ranked team in one-day cricket and beating them in South Africa a year ago. I ve got a good feeling about this one.

"A lot of guys lose their way in the IPL, and others find the next level in their game".

"I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a whole", he added, "It was a poor IPL for us, but that's long gone now".

"We know these tournaments are very competitive - there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it".

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England v South Africa: AB de Villiers says hosts have 'earned respect'