'AB ready for Test captaincy'

AB de Villiers is not only looking to skipper South Africa to success at one day international level in the Champions Trophy, he is also auditioning for the role as Test captain, says coach Gary Kirsten.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has led the ODI side for the last two years and Kirsten, who leaves his post next month, says South Africa are grooming him for the Test job when veteran skipper Graeme Smith steps down.

South Africa's next Test series is against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in November.

Kirsten has backed the 29-year-old to be Smith's successor. "AB de Villiers is growing as a leader, he has only done 20 games. Double that up and you will have someone who I think is going to be pretty special," Kirsten told Reuters in a recent interview.

"He has got great leadership qualities in that he has a great value system as a human being and as he grows and understands the strategy on the field he will mature into a great leader,’’ he added.

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