Proteas plan to bring AB out of retirement

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If South African national team cricket coach Mark Boucher has his way, former captain AB de Villiers will be putting on the pads in the Twenty20 World Cups in India and Australia.

Boucher, who is preparing the host team for a three-match T20 international series against England at Newlands on November 27, says he plans to speak to the retired batting superstar about coming out of retirement.

There are two Twenty20 World Cups in the next two years, first in India in Oct-Nov 2021 and then a year later in Australia.

Boucher wants De Villiers for both editions of the tournament.

"I have not had a discussion with him since COVID-19. We will see as we get closer to the time of the World Cup. I still believe he is one of the best players in the world."

Boucher is also promising South Africa will be ready to unleash a new, aggressive brand of cricket against England.

Both sides are in quarantine in Cape Town ahead of the series, which also includes three ODIs, but are able to train and will play intra-squad games in preparation.

Boucher says his side is using those games on a new approach he hopes will reverse a slide in fortunes across all three formats for the side.

"We have started afresh and restructured our values," Boucher told reporters on Thursday. "It is all based on a performance model. Now is the time we can put it to the test, and who better to test us than the (50-over) world champions England.

"I am excited and nervous, but I think that is a good thing. A lot of the players are nervous, too."

Boucher says the new philosophy is about a change in mindset and a more positive approach to the game.

"We want to be nice and aggressive, that is the way the game is going. You can't be mavericks either, you need to be smart. We are trying to help the batters and bowlers add shots or varieties of balls to their game to help them develop."