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De Villiers ready for Zimbabwe, India

PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa's batting icon AB de Villiers says his near two-year Test break has enabled him to prepare thoroughly for his comeback in a one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday. "I’ve had a great pre-season, which I haven’t had for 13 years,” he said in an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper. The big challenge for De Villiers and his teammates, though, is what happens after the four-day clash against Zimbabwe – a three-Test tour by number one team India, starting in…

De Villiers quits as South Africa ODI skipper

JOHANNESBURG: Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper on Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats. "Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 (T20) and Test teams," he said in a statement. "Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain. "It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI…

AB de Villiers apologises for ‘horrible’ defeat against India in Champions trophy

CAPE TOWN: South African skipper AB de Villiers has apologized to the cricket fans his team's poor performance at this year’s ICC Champions Trophy in a video message that went rounds on the social media. The top ranked One Day International (ODI) team in the world failed to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament after losing their ‘quarter-final’ to India on Sunday. “We are truly and genuinely sorry about the way we performed in this year's Champions Trophy and we will keep working hard at our game to…

Rain and Pakistan not a worry for AB de Villiers

BIRMINGHAM: World number one South Africa will not be under any pressure from Pakistan's spin attack nor will they be having any concerns over the rain which has affected Champions Trophy matches, AB de Villiers said on Tuesday. South Africa will be looking for a semi-final spot from their game at Edgbaston on Wednesday after thrashing Sri Lanka by 96 runs in their opening match. Pakistan will be pitting two frontline spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan and two part-timers in Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez besides…

AB finds no one as good as Wasim Akram

BIRMINGHAM: South African skipper AB de Villiers revealed he has been a great fan of former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram, saying there is no one who can match his skill in the current crop of fast bowlers. "No, no one," said AB when asked any current bowler can match Wasim. "I haven't seen a bowler as good. It was just nice to watch the programme, and I felt that I needed to just get it out there. I get along with him well," said AB who tweeted in Wasim's praise after watching a video of former great on SkyTv. Amazing…

Proteas eager to maintain Sri Lanka run in Champions Trophy

LONDON: South Africa begin their Champions Trophy challenge at the Oval on Saturday by taking on a Sri Lanka side against whom they have already enjoyed overwhelming one-day international success this year. The Proteas whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in a bilateral series in South Africa in January. Sri Lanka were not alone in being a touring side routed in 50-over cricket by South Africa, with the Proteas previously also hammering Australia 5-0. Yet for all they are top of the one-day international rankings, South Africa…

England have recovered from World Cup woes: De Villiers

England have recovered from their disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign and are one of the favourites for next month's Champions trophy, South Africa captain AB de Villiers said ahead of the teams' three-match one-day international series. England were dumped out in the group stages of the World Cup after winning only one of their five matches. They are currently ranked fifth in the ICC world rankings for the format. "They did really well to come back from that," De Villiers told reporters. "They are a really talented…

De Villiers passes milestone in big South Africa win

WELLINGTON: South Africa captain AB de Villiers became the fastest man to score 9,000 one-day international runs as he led his side to a 159-run victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Saturday. De Villiers scored 85, having needed just five runs to surpass former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who took 228 innings to achieve the milestone. De Villiers did it in his 205th innings. South Africa scored a credible 271-8 in their 50 overs and then their pace bowlers ripped the top off the hosts…