‘Why is AB hiding?’

2015-11-25 06:23

DARYLL CULLINAN, former Proteas Test batsman, has questioned why AB de Villiers bats down at number five in the South African Test line-up.

The Proteas were under pressure heading into Wednesday’s third test against India in Nagpur, with the hosts leading the four-test- series 1-0. India won the first test in Mohali by 108 runs, before rain washed out the second test in Bangalore.

A big talking point thus far in the series has been the South African batsmen’s struggles against the Indian spinners, and Cullinan feels the world’s best batsman should come in earlier to lead the Proteas’ charge. “I think AB should bat at number three. It’s a huge disappointment for me that our big player is hiding in the middle order,” Cullinan told the Times of India.

“He has got to bat up front. Throughout his career, De Villiers has batted in the middle order, which is the easy option. In one-day cricket too, he bats too low. In tests, he floats at number four or five. His natural position should be number three.

“Unfortunately for South Africa, the best players are running scared and not prepared to take the pressure. He should take the pressure and not run away from it. He is the man in form; he is scoring runs and looking in extremely good form.”

According to Cullinan, the rest of the South African batting line-up appears to fear the Indian spinners.

  • Cullinan scored 4 554 runs in 70 tests for South Africa. – Sport24

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