Johannesburg: South African batting star AB de Villiers' absence from Test cricket will extend until late this year after he told journalists on Wednesday that he will miss the series against England and Bangladesh.
He had already announced at a one-day series launch on Tuesday that he had decided not to make himself available for a Test series in New Zealand in March.
De Villiers did not take questions on Tuesday but held a press conference on Wednesday where he said his absence from Test cricket would extend to a four-Test series in England during the South African winter as well as two matches against Bangladesh in September and October.
The South African one-day captain will continue to be available for one-day internationals during this period as he concentrates on his goal of leading South Africa at the 2019 World Cup in England.
De Villiers, who turns 33 next month, said he planned to return to Test cricket for home series against India and Australia at the end of 2017, going into 2018.