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Thursday, 12 December 2013

'Won't take Indian bowlers lightly in Tests' - AB de Villiers

South Africa skipper, AB de Villiers, was proud of his team’s effort of defeating India 2-0 in the ODI series but was also disappointed that the third match couldn’t be completed due to inclement weather. (Read: Centurion ton was toughest: Quinton de Kock)
"We were very keen to get a result tonight," de Villiers said after the match was abandoned after first innings. "We wanted to maintain our momentum, since we have been playing some good cricket. We didn't start well on Wednesday but we recovered to get runs on board, which could have allowed us to exert pressure once again.

"So we were very keen to go out there and try our skills against a strong Indian batting line up. It would have been a strong batting run-chase I think. It's a shame it finished like that. But we are happy with the 2-0 result.

"It was important to win this series. We played against the number one ranked team in the world, and we needed to play well in our home conditions to beat them. We are very proud of the way we handled the big moments and came out on top," de Villiers said.

While praising his team for dominating the world No. 1 ODI team in the ODIs, de Villiers also sounded a word of caution ahead of the Test series, which he said will be a “completely different ball-game”.
"I really hope the aggression we have shown in the limited-overs spills onto the Test arena. We spoke about it as a team at the start of the series. We wanted to play with intensity and energy, and make it a long tour for them. And we have done it right, but we have to start again now. From the first Test onwards, we will make a longer tour for them in the Test series," he said.

While the Proteas skipper deemed the Indian bowling attack as “light-weight”, he insisted his batsmen would respect them against the red ball.
"We have scored runs and got partnerships going against them, as they are a light-weight attack when compared to the Pakistan bowling. But we need to respect any bowling attack with the red ball in hand.

"It is a different ball game as you can do more things against the white ball, take more risks. Against the red ball, we need to tighten up our technique and get ready. We need to concentrate and start by showing some respect," he said.


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