Australia in SA

Proteas fielding 'embarrassing'

2014-02-15 09:01
AB de Villiers (AFP)

Pretoria - South Africa's fielding bordered on the embarrassing, said vice-captain AB de Villiers after the world's number one team were dominated for the third straight day by Australia in the first Test on Friday.

SA v Oz - Day 3 as it happened

Australia were 288 for three in their second innings at the close of play, a huge lead of 479 runs.

Dropped catches and sloppiness in the field were unwanted features for South Africa as they walked off having seen opener David Warner make 115 and Alex Doolan 89.

"It felt almost embarrassing," batsman-wicketkeeper De Villiers told reporters. "It was not an easy outfield but we were way below our standards.

"The way we fielded and bowled showed no intensity and that's not like us. We are very much in trouble."

De Villiers, who top-scored with 91 in the first innings, is hoping the home team can still clinch a face-saving draw.

"If we can deal with the bounce generated by the Australian fast bowlers we could cause an upset or still draw this test match," he said.

"We can't show any weakness. We have to be prepared to get hurt...once you have no fear you play a lot better."

Read more on:    proteas  |  ozinsa  |  ab de villiers  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

03 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Perth 04:30
12 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Hobart 01:30
24 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 05:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Graeme Smith's shock decision to retire is...

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.