Proteas still have room for improvement – AB de Villiers

2014-09-06 23:33

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A superb spell of reverse swing bowling from Dale Steyn and another fluent innings from Faf du Plessis helped South Africa cruise to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe today.

Steyn took key wickets in recording figures of 4/34 as the Proteas limited Australia to 217/9 in their 50 overs.

South Africa always looked in control of their reply as Du Plessis finished with 96, just missing out on his fourth century in five matches.

The Proteas passed their victory target with 55 balls to spare to win the ODI series that also involved Zimbabwe.

Both sides had spoken of the importance of this series in the build-up to next year’s 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“The fact that we are starting to win games under pressure shows we are on the right track, but there is definitely room for improvement,” Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers said after the match.

The Proteas looked to be positive from the start in their reply and after the early loss of Quinton de Kock (7), Hashim Amla and Du Plessis added 98 for the second wicket with the test captain out for 51. De Villiers took just 41 deliveries for his unbeaten 57.

Du Plessis, who was named man of the series, was out just four runs short of his hundred, caught by off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson, with the scores level.

“I’ve been hitting the ball well and definitely it [number three] is a position where I get the time to set up my innings,” said Du Plessis.

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