[caption id="attachment_567134" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-567134" alt="AB de Villiers resigned as Test captain on December handing over captaincy to Faf du Plessis Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/AB-de-Villiers.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> AB de Villiers resigned as Test captain on December handing over captaincy to Faf du Plessis Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Cape Town: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa" target="_blank">South African</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ab-de-villiers" target="_blank">AB de Villiers</a> is close to retiring from Test cricket in order to extend his time in limited-overs formats, a media report said on Sunday. "I'm not sure how AB will feel in terms of Test cricket so we will have to see," South African Test skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/faf-du-plessis" target="_blank">Faf du Plessis</a> was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's website on Sunday. South Africa whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in a three-match series, winning by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg on Saturday. "We are excited to have him back in the one-day team. I am hoping he decides to play (Tests) for us. He is obviously a world-class batter and I, as a captain, would love to have him as a leader in our team, and obviously as a batter. He is a fantastic player." <p></p> <p></p>Struggling with an elbow injury that has seen him out of action since May 2016, de Villiers, the dashing right-hander also stood down from Test captaincy after they completed an impressive 2-1 series win over Australia in December. The 32-year-old has recovered from his elbow problem to make his return in South Africa's domestic 50-over competition, and is scheduled to play his first match next Sunday. South Africa coach Russell Domingo said team officials would discuss the playing future with de Villiers. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a title="AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa s Test captain; Faf du Plessis to continue as skipper" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ab-de-villiers-steps-down-as-south-africas-test-captain-faf-du-plessis-to-continue-as-skipper-556649">AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa s Test captain; Faf du Plessis to continue as skipper</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"We need to sit down with him and plan his future," Domingo told <em>cricket.com.au</em> on Sunday. "AB has got to make that decision, I can't decide on whether he plays or not. When I say that, I mean AB has got to make the decision about whether he is available and the selectors have got to make the decision whether he plays." <p></p> <p></p>"He has obviously got to make some decision about his future in cricket."