De Vil­liers proud of team

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE

PROTEAS stand-in cap­tain AB de Vil­liers hailed his team’s per­for­mance in the one­off day­night Test match against Zim­babwe as a good ex­er­cise ahead of the block­buster Test se­ries against In­dia.

South Africa man­aged an in­nings and 120 run vic­tory at St Ge­orge’s Park in­side two days in the run up to the meet­ing with In­dia.

While the Proteas plan is to go to the top of the Test rank­ings and stop­ping In­dia from winning their 10th straight Test se­ries win will be their im­me­di­ate fo­cus.

De Vil­liers is still bask­ing in the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing with the pink ball and said it had left him and coach Ot­tis Gib­son with some good lessons.

“I found the bats­men were a lit­tle bit more pos­i­tive. There were talks of declar­ing ear­lier than nor­mal, I spoke to Gibbo (Gib­son) last night and we started talk­ing about dec­la­ra­tions a lot ear­lier than nor­mal. It en­cour­ages a lot more pos­i­tive cricket.

“I still en­joy five­day cricket but there is def­i­nitely an ex­cite­ment to day-night Test cricket for four days. It is pos­i­tive, there is a lot hap­pen­ing and we all en­joyed it as well as the spec­ta­tors,” De Vil­liers said.

AB de Vil­liers

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