De Villiers calls for 'smarter heads' in Proteas set-up


AB de Villiers has called for "smarter heads" to be added to the South Africa set-up and is eager to play a key role in making the Proteas a force once again.

South Africa head into the final game of the four-match Test series against England in Centurion on Friday with only pride to play for, as the tourists hold an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The Proteas came into the series on home soil on the back of a 3-0 defeat in India and will slip from the top of the rankings as a result of not winning a solitary Test for over a year.

De Villiers replaced Hashim Amla as captain for the final two Tests, but has refused to commit to the role beyond this series and plans to meet Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat and convener of selectors Linda Zondi to "find out exactly where we are going to go".

South Africa are without a batting coach and that is one of the issues De Villiers is eager to address.

"I've seen a lot of talent come through. We just need to get a bit of experience and a few smart heads involved." said the batsman.

"I think we have been a bit naive in believing we can just go on in the way we have been.

"We need to get a bit of advice and help, not only from a batting coach, a few other areas as well.

"That will all be discussed after the series. We have a nice break and time to think about things."

With regards to his future as skipper, he added: "I am keen to play a big role going forward but it's not solely my decision."