Royal Challengers star AB de Villiers targets BBL return next season

AB now turns attention to IPL

AB de Villiers batting for South Africa

AB de Villiers says wants to return to have another crack at the BBL next summer.

The South African’s cameo performance wasn’t enough to keep Brisbane Heat’s season alive. They made an early exit from this year’s tournament following defeat against Melbourne Renegades on Monday.

His main highlight was making 71 off 37 balls as Brisbane handed a rare defeat to league leaders Melbourne Stars. De Villiers will now turn his attention to the IPL where he will feature for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

AB keen for BBL return next season

The brilliant South African hopes he can return to Australia’s Big Bash League next season.

When asked about a possible return, he said: “Let's hope so, it's quite a long way away still but I would love to come back.

“I had a lot of fun with Chris (Lynn) and Darren (Lehmann) and the boys. They looked after me like I was one of their own.

“We played some really poor cricket. (I have) myself to blame in a way. We were a little bit lackadaisical with our batting effort.

“Just a little bit of intensity, just a bit of experience (is required) – hopefully I can be that guy.”

Lynn added: “I hope we get him back. I'm not sure on that, we'll leave that to powers above.

“He would have liked a couple more runs, but that's the way it goes sometimes. With him not scoring as many runs as he would have liked, next year he wants to come back really hungry.”

On Brisbane’s overall showing in the BBL, Lynn said: “On our day I think we're the best team in the comp. We seem to either get 200 or be all out for 100.

“The games where we did score 200 we definitely did (bat smarter). It was our lack of communication (why) we fell short to those mediocre totals.

“But it's something we've definitely got to work on. It's not just batting, it's bowling, it's fielding awareness.

“There’s no reason to throw our blueprint out for finals. It definitely works.”

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