However, after captaining the Proteas in a 19-run loss to England in Cardiff on Sunday in the final T20 tie of the three-match series, which they lost 1-2, De Villiers headed home for a much-deserved break.
What do you call a bowler who claims two-thirds of two hat-tricks?
But a rapid re-allocation of tickets worked well for the England-Pakistan game after fears that India supporters, who bought tickets for both semi-finals, would not turn up. Series decider. and the England Skipper is resting! "Worlds gone mad", Vaughan tweeted during the match. "I will wait until the final decision on the coach and things like that are made", he explained, with Russell Domingo's future already uncertain before he left the tour prior to the Proteas' three-run win in the second Twenty20 at Taunton on Friday after his mother was involved in a traffic accident.
"But if you turned up here, saw a brilliant game of cricket and England win the series, then as an England fan I think you can go home very happy".
"I spoke to Adam and said "Look, I don't know what else I can do".
Dawid Malan was named man of the match after making the highest score by an England player on their T20 debut.
"I wasn't surprised (with the score), it's a wicket that has played extremely well this year in domestic and global cricket, in recent years we've had some very good marks", said former county captain and England opener Morris. "On debut it was a fantastic effort", said Buttler. You look at some of these guys playing Twenty20 cricket around the world, they're 38, 39, 40.
"Dawid showed by that performance that there are some good players really knocking on the door. In this sort of environment to be able to come straight in and soak up the pressure was great".
Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England which will be delighted to have won the series while also blooding new talent.
The South Africa captain carted him for two sixes and a four before holing out and giving the 20-year-old his first wicket in global cricket, but it was Malan who did the most to boost his chances of forcing his way into the England team on a longer-term basis, showing enormous confidence as he smashed his second ball over mid-wicket for six.
"I was impressed with Tom again", Buttler said. "You start knowing your game, what your strengths and weaknesses are and I'd rather be 29 on my debut and knowing what my strengths are than 21 and not being comfortable".
"Mason also seemed very composed".