AB de Villiers: Ben Stokes lifted his game in IPL

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South Africa also take on England in three Twenty20 internationals and four Tests this summer, but De Villiers has ruled himself out of the Test series in order to rest. "It's a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament", de Villiers said about their short tour of England. South Africa, who take on England in a 4-Test series, will be without the services of de Villiers who has opted out due to resurfacing of an elbow injury and family reasons.

All-rounder Ben Stokes had a stellar Indian Premier League season, scoring 316 runs and collecting 12 wickets in 12 matches to help the Rising Pune Supergiants reach the final but he will not play in it after being recalled by England for the South Africa series.

"I'm feeling fresh, feeling 100%, and looking forward to playing this series and then the tournament", he added.

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first one day worldwide (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.

"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 and being part of a successful team", said de Villiers, according to a report in dailymail.co.uk.

"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 and being part of a successful team", De Villiers said.

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"I haven't won one of these trophies in my career, so I'm pretty desperate to win one, and we'll do anything we can to get out on top".

He said the wives and partners of the players would be with them on tour for the first two weeks during the three-match series against England before the Champions Trophy and would return home to allow them to focus on the tournament.

"We know these tournaments are very competitive - there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it but we do think we ve got a very good squad here". "The decision was to play a bit less". "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 and being part of a successful team", de Villiers said in Hove on Thursday (May 18), on the eve of of South Africa's first practice match, a 50-over encounter against Sussex.

'I haven't retired, no. I had a good net session this morning - I faced Imran Tahir, and he's certainly stepped up his game a bit. But I m not going to change my decision. "I'll look indecisive. It's important that I'm feeling physically and mentally healthy, and that's what I decided on".

"I missed a couple of matches at the IPL and I am not planning to miss any games for South Africa".

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