Thirty-eight-year-old Herschelle Gibbs has said he has the "body of a 28-year-old", and intends to remain a Twenty20 traveller for "at least another three or four years".
The former Proteas opener confirmed his ongoing love for the game, as he approaches his 39th birthday in mid-summer, in an interview with BBC Sport.
Gibbs has effectively been persona non grata with Cricket South Africa for almost two years, particularly after publication of his book 'To the Point' which was deemed rather too candid and straight forward for officialdom, Sport24 reports.
He said: "I've never believed age is an issue with me ... I've been blessed with physique and speed. I have the body of a 28-year-old. There is no reason why I can't play. I want to keep going."
Gibbs also describes the challenges of his life as a freelancer, without the support structures offered by a national contract like on-call training facilities and physiotherapists.
"My independence is not a burden or an issue for me. I watch what I eat. I enjoy my fitness. At home I have a few net sessions a week, just to stay in good nick."
Gibbs is turning out for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League T20 tournament on South African soil; their first fixture is against home outfit the Titans at Centurion on Saturday. (ANI)