Friday, 24 November, 2017

AB de Villiers backs South Africa to win Test series against England

Lucia Summers | 29 June, 2017, 09:04

England debutant Dawid Malan's hard-hitting 78 on Sunday helped the hosts to a 19-run victory over South Africa in their Twenty 20 global in Cardiff to secure a 2-1 series win. The left-handed batsman first made a name for himself back in 2008, when he smashed a century in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Lancashire.

The 33-year-old is set to make his Test comeback against Bangladesh in September. They came over last time when I was in the squad and didn't play, so they were getting a little bit agitated about whether I was going to play a game or not. "I actually had a chat about two-and-a-half months ago with Adam Voges after the North v South series - when I contributed really well. England Test team is pretty settled, they play well in home conditions", he said. I said to him, "Look, I don't know what else I can do".

Malan made the most of his opportunity, confidently cracking 12 fours and two sixes in his 78 off 44 balls to top-score in England's 181-run tally batting first. "I feel like every time I get an opportunity, I have a massive point to prove just because of my age", Malan told ecb.co.uk.

Morgan, who'd promised to field all the five uncapped players at the start of the series, could not play Craig Overton in any of the games, and had to later explain the situation.

Cape Town - South Africa's fielding performance "let the team down", says Proteas skipper AB de Villiers after they lost the deciding T20 in Cardiff.

"I know that country very well and it means a hell of a lot to me", Malan said of South Africa.

Burling, Team New Zealand win Race 7 in America's Cup
Because Oracle won the qualifiers, the Kiwis started this America's Cup final on the Great Sound with a negative point. The US win means the racing could continue beyond today. "They outsailed us and had a better boat. really well done".

"So to be able to make my debut against them and contribute to England, the country I was born in and have lived in nearly all of my life, is a fantastic experience".

AB de Villiers believes South Africa's excellent Test record in England will work in their favour again.

One of the most dynamic batsmen in the world at present, the 33-year-old South African AB de Villiers said he will meet Cricket South Africa (CSA) to decide his future in the worldwide cricket.

Dawid Malan was named man of the match after making the highest score by an England player on their T20 debut.

South Africa have never won the 50 over World Cup, and ABD has been very vocal about how he is desperate to win the elusive Cup for his nation.

De Villiers, one of the world's best batsman, will miss the four-Test series which starts on July 6 to be with wife Danielle, who is due to give birth to their second child.

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