AB hopes to find his rhythm in T20 cricket

2013-02-28 00:00

PROTEAS wicket-keeper AB de Villiers believes he hasn’t found his rhythm in international T20 cricket and hopes to bat in the top four in tomorrow’s first T20 international against Pakistan at Kingsmead.

Speaking in Durban yesterday, De Villiers said: “I’m not sure where I will bat. Coming out of the Test series, this is a totally different game and format and it’s difficult to find your way.

“We don’t play international T20 matches often and it’s tough to focus on the particular style of the game.”

De Villiers added that playing T20s at irregular intervals had made captaincy tough and he was happy that Faf du Plessis was now in charge.

Asked whether adapting to the different formats of the game had any effect on his personal performances, De Villiers said: “I don’t have a problem adapting to the different formats, but finding a way forward is tough, especially when it comes to scoring runs.

“In this format, I am still trying to work out where I will slot in batting wise as it’s only 20 overs and I would like to bat as long as possible.”

With a completely different squad to the Test players, De Villiers was all for giving up-and-coming youngsters the chance to play at international level.

“The players being given a chance are the best available and they have performed at domestic franchise level,” said De Villiers.

“The only thing is we haven’t played together and there is no proper feeling between us.

“We know what to do, but just haven’t played and been together as a solid group for any length of time,” he added.

Kingsmead has tended to be a jinxed ground for the Proteas in all formats of the game in recent seasons and De Villiers was determined the Proteas could put this right.

“We need to deliver here. It’s not about the atmosphere or the crowd,” he said.

“It’s about us and we must perform for our home fans.”

Touching on the Pakistan team, De Villiers said that they had a strong squad with proper cricketers in the mix.

“The Pakistan side has always been strong in the shorter formats of the game and looking at their T20 and ODI players, they are not to be taken lightly,” said De Villiers.

“They have experienced players and we are still hurting after they beat us in the World T20.

“This match will be a challenge and we need to turn things around,” he added.

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