AB de Villiers looks optimistic about his Test career

AB de Villiers made a promising start against Australia in Durban.

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South African star batsman –AB de Villiers looks optimistic about his Test career, hoping his current form in the longest format of the game will continue for a long time.

He went to further said that the recently concluded Freedom Series against India was ‘the biggest ones I've have played’. The 34-year-old is currently busy in playing Test series against Australia at home.

In their first innings in the series opener, the Proteas batsman contributed 71*, though, the hosts lost their wickets very quickly and finished the innings at 162, with Australia leading by nearly 400 runs in the Test match currently.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, de Villiers said, “The Indian Test series was one of the biggest ones I've have played in when it comes to intensity and heat out there. Obviously, it [against Australia] is a big series. We haven't beaten Australia at home. I am taking it one game at a time, I can't afford to look too far ahead. Loving my cricket, I am loving the environment and hopefully it will continue for a long time.”

In their 162 run innings, de Villiers was the only half-centurion of the line-up and was part of the biggest partnership of the South African innings - 42 runs with Quinton de Kock.

He further added, “I'm not sure what I did differently. I just felt really good leading up to this Test in the nets, did some really good things in the nets, and I felt confident going into the Test. You don't always feel that way in Test cricket. I was very motivated to score some runs. Not enough partnerships. That's the key in our downfall. No real good partnerships that absorbed the pressure enough.”

De Villiers signed off by saying, “I just tried to hang out there today for as long as I could and try and find a partnership with someone. I try and read the situation. Sometimes it requires me to be more aggressive and other times to pull back and not get out. I was going to be a bit more aggressive towards the end but those last three wickets fell in no time.”

De Villiers's efforts were stand-alone for South Africa as Starc ran through the South African line-up with a five-wicket haul, while Lyon chipped in with three scalps. De Villiers praised Australia's intensity on the field and their ability to play out their plans with a lot of success.

Second day's play ended with the hosts folding for 162, handing Australia a massive first-innings lead, but de Villiers retains faith that South Africa can still 'pull off something special.'


By Rashmi Nanda - 03 Mar, 2018

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