AB: I did what any captain should have done

Cape Town - South Africa captain AB de Villiers has no regrets about resisting the day-night Test against Australia, and says he only did what any captain would have done, to make sure the stakes were fair to his players.

De Villiers was vocal in his resistance to the Adelaide Test in November being played under lights, saying they Proteas had no experience with the pink ball, and that it would not be a fair contest.

But the boards have since agreed that the match will be played under lights, with two warm up games scheduled for the Proteas, and De Villiers says he's happy his concerns were addressed.

De Villiers said: "I did what any captain should have done. I asked good questions, fought a little bit in a way to make sure we had the best opportunity to win a game of cricket and we had a fair chance.

"I'm happy with whatever happened in the press, I've got no hard feelings.

"I had to ask my questions, so did CSA (Cricket South Africa) and we all seem to be on the same page now. That's the most important thing."

He added that he was happy about the warm up games being added: "That was another concern and that's been cleared up completely.

"That's what it's all about - to make sure we walk onto the pitch knowing that we've got the best possible opportunity to win a Test match for our country.

"Whether you're playing with a pink ball, white ball or red ball, we just want to have a fair chance and those two games really give us the perfect opportunity to prepare.

"And secondly, playing at Adelaide, that's the way we wanted it from the beginning. It seemed like we were losing control at one stage, but now it's definitely happening there so happy days. Ready to move forward."

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