AB de Villiers Retirement Watch, emails and answers | Mop-up of the day

AB de Villiers (via Sky Sports)

An eye-rolling return for our much-shrugged-at feature ‘mop-up of the day’ in which we very briefly make reference to something you probably expected us to write significantly more about before tacking on a couple of unrelated links at the end of the article.

Today’s Big News is that AB de Villiers is apparently “in talks” about returning to the South Africa team for the T20 World Cup. Cricinfo reports that, “conversations on the subject have been ongoing for several months,” which is how these things always seem to go with him.

De Villiers is pretty much constantly on the verge of a return for some World Cup or other but it never seems to actually happen. He’s like comeback king Shahid Afridi only with no follow-through.

Before he was involved in an eternal discussion about his return, de Villiers was involved in a protracted debate about not playing. Who’s involved in this conversation? Presumably there’s a WhatsApp group called ‘Does AB want to play or does he need more of a rest?’ and every few weeks someone remembers it and it kicks into life again.

In other news…

We’ve added a link to the answers for last week’s crossword. They’re in .xls format.

Our twice-a-month email The Edge should be going out tomorrow. The last one was sufficiently filthy that it got flagged as spam by many people’s email providers. We can think of no greater recommendation, so please sign up for that.

At this point, it feels very much like we should ‘throw forward’ to what else will be happening on King Cricket over the next week or so, but the truth is we’ve no idea.

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8 Appeals

  1. A B deVillers – he’s my mate – do you want me to have a word with him for you?

    Crossword – I’m just three shy of completing it now (13, 24, 34 – I really should be able to solve those but I’ve frozen) – I’ll resist clicking the link perhaps another 24 hours to see if inspiration strikes – it is a great puzzle IMHO.

    Edge – yup, that 4 December one was languishing in Hotmail’s junk – I have retrieved it and shall read it later.

    Your inability to “throw forward” – I salute you. I probably speak for many KC readers in celebrating your unwillingness to forward plan too much. In any case, you could always delve into that pile of as-yet-unpublished Ged pieces and give one of those a go. The 2014 heatwave/Iain Spellwright one might warm the cockles of our hearts this bleak midwinter.

  2. I think the problem is that ABDV resigned prematurely, he should have made sure he lost an election first.

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