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AB De Villiers responds to Test retirement rumours

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South Africa's star batsman AB De Villiers has confirmed he is looking to lessen his international workload amid rumours he is considering Test retirement.

Local newspaper reports emerged on Sunday that De Villiers, rated number three Test batsman in the world, was considering ending his long form career after the current series against England.

He referenced those suggestions before the start of play on day three of the first Test and, although he did not offer specifics, the 31-year-old did suggest he would need to take time off in the near future.

He told host broadcasters SuperSport: "There are a lot of rumours flying around I hear, but for the last two to three years the only talk I've been doing is to keep myself fresh and to have a bit of rest here and there.

"It's always been the most important thing for me to enjoy my cricket. It's just important to look at the schedule moving forward, that's the talk in the camp and for me maybe not to play all kinds of cricket.

"If I play all the IPL (Indian Premier League) games the whole season, I do get a bit tired towards the end.

"That's the only thing that I've been talking about in the last while. To keep myself fresh and to keep enjoying the game. I love representing my country and nothing has changed."

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