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TuksCricket : Tuks' AB de Villiers breaks SA record

Posted on 23 November 2010

Proteas middle order batsman AB de Villiers held the Tuks name high over the weekend by becoming the highest South African runs scorer in a single innings in a test match.

AB scored 278* against Pakistan and surpassed Graeme Smith’s record by one run.

A mere 9 weeks ago AB was playing for Tuks 1 on Tuks Oval, getting some game time after spending a few months out of action due to an ankle operation.

AB started playing at Tuks in the second side soon after leaving school. He spent a season in the second side before being selected into the Tuks 1 side. He only played a handful of games for Tuks 1, hardly played for the Northerns Amateur side, and found himself in the starting line-up for the Titans. He then spent some time in the UK in the off season where he scored consecutive double hundreds for his UK club, before being called back to South Africa early to join the National side for training.

A few years later he now stands on a test average of 48.03 and an ODI average of 45.95. He was also named the ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2009/2010 and was the world number one ODI batsman until a few weeks ago, before being ousted by fellow Protea batsman Hashim Amla.

AB is a great role model for our Tuks boys and is a prime example of how unpredictable the road to the top can be in sport. Congratulations to AB for this wonderful achievement!

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