ABC News Australia – AB de Villiers, tormenter of Australia and the world, retires from international cricket

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May 24, 2018 10:03:32

The never-ending argument over who holds the title as the ‘best batsman in the world’ tends to rotate through names in cycles, with new world-beaters emerging every few years seemingly shinier and better than the generation before.

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  • AB de Villiers, tormenter of Australia and the world, retires from international cricket Posted May 24, 2018 10:03:32 The never-ending argument over who holds the title as the ‘best batsman in the world’ tends to rotate through names in cycles, with new world-beaters emerging every few years seemingly shinier and better than the generation before.
  • His great innings reflect the diversity of the player — the explosive, record-breaking centuries; the grinding, team-first fights to save Tests; the elegant, effortless knocks that made it appear as if he was playing a different game to his struggling team-mates.
  • 106* in Perth, 2008Perhaps Australia underestimated a young AB — who, by the Perth Test in December 2008, had not scored a century in 14 Test innings against the Aussies — or perhaps they just thought defending 413 would be a piece of cake.
  • South Africa would win the Test — the second-highest fourth-innings run chase in history — and Australia would never underestimate AB de Villiers again.
  • Along with Faf du Plessis, whose century was perhaps even more memorable, de Villiers defended for hour upon hour, defying Australia’s push for victory to complete one of the most memorable draws of all time.


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