Mitchell Starc © AFP
Mitchell Starc © AFP

AB de Villiers took South Africa on cusp of victory against Australia in the second Test. His knock of 126 in the first innings at Port Elizabeth helped Proteas take the all important lead, and thus win the Test. The likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins bore the brunt of de Villiers onslaught. Starc ahead of the third Test opened up about his plans to get de Villiers wicket.

As reported by Cricbuzz, Starc said: “We’ve had some lengthy discussions about some plans to him, things we might have to change, but he’s only human, and going forward there’s no doubt we can get him out. He seems to be able to play a couple of different shots to the same length ball, so your margin for error is a lot less to someone like him. So you’ve got to think outside the box a lot more with him.”

Starc also spoke about Australia’s struggles against de Villiers. He said: “A good ball’s still a good ball to any batter in world cricket, it’s just bowling them more consistently, changing the field a little bit and maybe cutting off a couple of scoring areas for him as well. That’s one thing we didn’t do well enough to him in the first innings (in Durban), we didn’t bowl enough good balls. He’s allowed to play good cricket shots, but I think we didn’t bowl that really good ball consistently enough to him to build a bit of extra pressure on him and make him play the false shot.”

The third Test between South Africa and Australia gets underway on March 22.