Home > News >

ICC T20 World Cup 2012: AB de Villiers positive ahead of T20 event

ICC T20 World Cup 2012: AB de Villiers positive ahead of T20 event

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said defeat to England was disappointing but there are a lot of positives to hang onto throughout this summer © Getty Images

London: Sep 13, 2012

 

South Africa captain AB de Villiers hopes his side’s experience of playing in rain-reduced matches in England will prove useful during the upcoming World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

 

The Proteas ended a largely successful tour of England with a 28-run defeat by the reigning World Twenty20 champions in a floodlit fixture at Edgbaston on Wednesday where rain shortened the match to 11 overs per side.

 

That meant the three-match series was shared at 1-1, with only the Proteas’ seven-wicket win at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, where the teams bowled 39 of a possible 40 overs, going close to the distance.

 

Set 119 to win on Wednesday, South Africa could only manage 90 for five as a tour which featured a commanding 2-0 Test series win over England and a shared one-day campaign finished on a losing note.

 

“It certainly wasn’t our best performance…We were pretty much outplayed tonight,” said de Villiers after a defeat that saw England replace South Africa at number one in the international Twenty20 rankings .

 

“It was disappointing but there are a lot of positives to hang onto throughout this summer. We’ve played some good cricket and it’s not all doom and gloom going to Sri Lanka.”

 

In Manchester on Monday, South Africa made 77 for five in nine overs in another rain-marred clash before a fresh downpour during England’s reply led to a wash-out with the game five balls short of the five-over mark in the second innings needed to declare a result.

 

De Villiers, asked what South Africa learnt from the brief encounters, replied: “Quite a lot actually. At this level you have to adapt no matter what situation you find yourself in.

 

“I hear there is quite a bit of rain around in Sri Lanka at the moment and we might get a few rain delayed games and it might cost you the World Cup (World Twenty20) if you are not prepared for it.

 

“We have played a couple now, one good, one not so good. We’ve had a taste for it and will be better prepared now.”

 

He added: “It will probably be quite a lot different in Sri Lanka, but we can probably expect something a bit like tonight’s (Wednesday’s) pitch.

 

“There was a quite a bit of turn and it was slow, we could get quite a few like that in Sri Lanka.”

 

Off-spinner Johan Botha, a key member of South Africa’s attack, will head to Sri Lanka on the back of an impressive two wickets for 19 runs on Wednesday, having returned the same figures at Chester-le-Street.

 

“He’s an experienced campaigner,” said de Villiers. “He’s in good form, and has been for a long time, so it’s nice.”

 

De Villiers added England, who won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, would be a threat in Sri Lanka but did not discount South Africa’s chances.

 

“For sure, their bowling line-up has been one of the best in the world for quite a few years now, ” de Villiers said.

 

“I thought they did really well in the Caribbean, it was probably down to the bowlers that they won there.

 

“They certainly have a lot of talent, but so do a lot of other teams. I would like to think it will be a great battle and the top four get through to the end. May the best team win.”(AFP)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Barbados Tridents vs Hobart Hurricanes, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar fans turn Durga Puja pandal into cricket stadium

Pakistan players would be allowed in IPL soon, hopes Shahryar Khan

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions Perth Scorchers

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss surprised at Sunil Narine’s action being reported

Javed Miandad: Pakistan shouldn’t repeat the mistakes they made on Sri Lanka tour

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) 2nd semi-final CLT20 2014 Preview: High scoring game on the cards

Aaron Finch: You have to take risks in T20 cricket

Australia tour of UAE 2014: New playing conditions to be implemented from this series

CLT20 2014: Players who impressed in the league stage

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers, Match 19, Highlights

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Uddhav Thackeray: Had Rajnath been BJP chief, alliance would have remained

6 changes that take place in your breasts during pregnancy

Why a steady heartbeat is bad for you

Alia Bhatt goofs-up again, unaware of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s resignation!

Tarun Gogoi seeks Rs 9,370 crore assistance from Centre

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available, here’s how to download it

Fashion brands reportedly working on pants with bigger pockets to fit the iPhone 6 Plus

Leaked: Mrunal Jain goes semi nude – view pic!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here