AB de Villiers is easily South Africa's best limited-overs batsman at present  © Getty Images (File Photo)
AB de Villiers is easily South Africa’s best limited-overs batsman at present © Getty Images (File Photo)

Kolkata: Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood feels South African swashbuckler AB de Villiers will be the toughest batsman to bowl against given his compact technique and ability to score with innovative strokes. “He can really dominate to a great extent in the first six overs. Even at the end, he can dominate. Every team has a few. Practice bowling against our top six here,” the tall Aussie pacer said. “I think variation would be the key. One can get predictable.James Faulkner has different variation and is very good at it, 3 or 4. I am trying to talk to them and learn variations.” Often compared with the legendary Australian quickie Glenn McGrath, Hazlewood said he takes it as a compliment. Full cricket scorecard: India vs South Africa, ICC World T20 2016, warm-up match at Mumbai

“Being mentioned in the same article, same story as Glenn is quite flattering really. But I’ve not much work with him except at the MRF academy for one year probably four years ago.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times around the grounds at different times. Guess what I liked is how he went about his business when I was young watching cricket in Australia.

Thought that was the best way of going about the task was tying up one end and building pressure. Another Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh today said he’s certainly no Jacques Kallis but he would like to bat well and contribute to the team’s win in the World Twenty20, something the legendary South African is known for. READ: ICC World T20 2016: Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile hopeful despite Indian conditions favouring spin

“I’m certainly no Kallis…I still see myself as a batting all-rounder. My bowling has obviously improved a lot and I’m very satisfied that I’ve been able to work extremely hard to get my bowling to a point where the captain can call on me to get a wicket or tie up an end. I love to contribute whenever the captain needs me.”