AB de Villiers has said that South Africa won't get involved in verbal battles  © Getty Images
AB de Villiers has said that South Africa won’t get involved in verbal battles © Getty Images

 

Jan 21, 2014

 

AB de Villiers says that the South Africans won’t engage the Australians in a war-of-words ahead of their Test series in February.

 

The Australians have already fired the first salvos at South Africa with opening batsman David Warner saying that South Africa will be on the back foot following the retirement of legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis from Test cricket.

 

Michael Clarke and fast bowler Peter Siddle have also come out and said that the Australian bowling attack is the best in the world, following their 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England.

 

De Villiers has come out and said that the Australian talk won’t scare them.

 

“The Aussies can talk as much as they want, it doesn’t scare us,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by Beeld.

 

“I don’t think we should fall in the trap and stoop down to their level by becoming involved in a war-of-words.

 

“There are different reasons – besides big-talk – as to why we became the No 1 team in the world. We want to showcase it in this series.

 

“We know they want to take our focus off cricket by trying to intimidate us, but it’s important that we let them know that we won’t fall for their tricks.

 

“They also need to realise that we won’t take a backward step when things get heated. For us, the game remains the number one priority.

 

“It’s a series we are really looking forward to and I’m very excited about it. It will be a big challenge because the Aussies are playing with a lot of confidence.

 

“They’re an in-your-face type of team. But we’re not afraid of them and see it as a good challenge to again prove that we are worthy of being the No 1 team,” the star wicket-keeper batsman De Villiers said.