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SA can win big events - AB

2012-10-04 17:55

Johannesburg - Skipper AB de Villiers believes the Proteas have the ability to win global titles after they were dumped out in the second round of the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka this week.

The Proteas finished top of their group in the opening round of the global showpiece, but finished last in their Super Eights group, going down in successive matches against Pakistan, Australia and India.

South Africa have never won the ICC World Cup or the World T20, securing their only international championship when they lifted the Champions Trophy in 1998.

"I truly believe we have the squad and the talent in South Africa to win major tournaments," De Villiers said after the Proteas arrived back in the country on Thursday.

"It's hard to come back in a quick tournament like the T20.

"You need your momentum, you need to close down games that you control.

"We controlled the Pakistan game. We fought back really hard and we were in control.

"It was up to us to win and we didn't. After that, we faced Australia and India, two world class teams like we all know.

"The Aussies were just on fire that day. We played well in patches but they never really allowed us to control that game."

De Villiers was pleased with the commitment shown by the side and was encouraged by his own role within the team, despite facing criticism for some of his on-field decisions.

"I've learnt a lot about my captaincy and my leadership but as a person I'm not going to do anything different," he said.

"I obviously like to lead by example and I've got to know my players really well and that's the most important to me.

"As a captain I would like to get better at knowing exactly who to turn to and when to do so."

Meanwhile, coach Gary Kirsten admitted they were far from their best and had to accept that they had been outplayed by the likes of Australia and Pakistan.

"For me, in my role in the team over the last year, (T20 cricket) has probably been the one format where there has been less stability," Kirsten said.

"It was definitely disappointing. I think we had better expectations of ourselves, in terms of what we could have achieved in the tournament.

"Certainly we felt we could have competed with the other teams and at points in all the games we did compete.

"We have to be honest with ourselves, we didn't close the deal in those certain moments in games like we wanted to."

Kirsten believed they would bounce back on their tour to Australia next month.

"We need to take this on the chin and move forward," he said.

"This tour has given us an indication of where we need to go in order to move forward.

"We are very excited about the Australia tour. We have made great strides as a Test team and this team has a lot of stability in it.

"We've become number one in the world in Test cricket and I think there is a real desire for us to stay there."

SAPA

Comments
  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-04 18:00

    On my son's Playstation 3, the Proteas always win.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-04 19:13

      Yes AB. We all know that the Proteas have the capability to win. that is why we are so disappointed every time. Now, stop threatening us with a win....do it dammit....

      solly.vanderschyff - 2012-10-04 23:52

      Yes AB we know that the team has the ability to win. So do the honourable .thing and give up the captaincy You are tops but but have no idea to captain at the top.

      rejeanne.nel.33 - 2012-10-05 03:57

      It's the curse of the Protea, I tell you! The National Cricket and Soccer teams were very quick to drop the Spring Bok as their national emblem and look at their records compared to the rugby :)

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-05 07:32

      Yes AB you can!!!!!!!! Would be nice if you had a little bit more support from SA!!!! Proteas for life!!!!

      daleinn - 2012-10-05 10:24

      @hansie... lol... just love it...

      dave.lester.125 - 2012-10-05 10:24

      Read my piece on MyNews why the Protea's really fail during tournaments & then provide a solution...

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 11:13

      have to wait 8 months until icc champions trophy. and still no guarantees the same thing won't happen.

  • a.j.bosch - 2012-10-04 18:04

    Just not with Kallis in the squad and just not any important ones.

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-04 18:08

    We do have the players to win. But then, so do seven other teams. NZ had an early exit and took both WI and SL to Super Overs. If those 12 balls each time had worked out fractionally differently, NZ might have been playing Aus in the other semi. It's not about who has the better players. It's about who peaks during the tournament. And also, who gets those little lucky breaks. Albie got an inside edge the other night. It could have gone for four but it hit his stumps. That's the game.

  • Joe - 2012-10-04 18:19

    Just like Bafana Bafana can win the world cup in 2014..

      nigel.olifaunt - 2012-10-05 12:08

      No, better make it 3014. May be!

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-10-04 18:19

    i am waiting for that day de villiers

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 18:20

    A.B. We dont want to hear what you can do-show us! The proof is in the pudding/winning.

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-04 18:20

    Keep teLling that to yourself AB.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-04 18:20

    AB, I am such a supporter and will stand by you through thick and thin and sick and sin. But having the capability to win a major tournament and actually doing it are two different things my friend.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-05 08:00

      Agree. We have been hearing this for a long while now and one of these days we will actually start to believe that we have actually won the world cup already. Very disappointing for Proteas fan. Will still continue to support them though

  • afrikeni - 2012-10-04 18:38

    Same as a kid who passes class tests BUT fail the important exams. That's not good enough - PERIOD>

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-04 19:04

    AB we sure do love you.Great player,yes you are,but Captains are born,not made.Your decision to bat first against Pakistan cost us Period.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-04 19:16

      and lets not forget the idiotic bowling decisions.......get the fast bowlers to bowl long hops, instead of using the slow bowlers......

  • ktheron2 - 2012-10-04 19:14

    REALLY, AB? It's getting rather difficult here in wonderland, boet!

      ktheron2 - 2012-10-04 19:16

      OK. Let me put it this way: the Proteas are simply not good enough to win world trophies. Live with that, accept it.

  • jeff.swart.96 - 2012-10-04 19:19

    No ICC tournaments in the near future, so now we can continue to "take positives" out of our average games. Until the next choke tournament.

  • warren.westhuizen - 2012-10-04 19:50

    No they can't.

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-10-04 19:57

    AB< Check with the organisers first before you start making predictions, if they want you to win you will otherwise just suck it up. If the results are not engineered that makes you and our boys the worst team to ever represent SA, what a disgrace.

  • kobus.van.wyk - 2012-10-04 20:32

    Talk is cheap. Prove it, like they proved they're not chokers.

  • KingSim007 - 2012-10-04 20:59

    We're really not interested in what you have to say AB...

  • carlo.engelbrecht.967 - 2012-10-04 21:00

    Assef@kinBlief!!!

  • hc12345 - 2012-10-04 21:26

    Maybe it is time to change back to Spring-bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • damian.sayers.7 - 2012-10-04 21:38

    and Tiger Woods never cheated on his wife!!!!!

  • alan.dent.129 - 2012-10-05 08:02

    Dear AB... what precisely makes you believe that ? You sound just like the long jumper who couldn't make the last 8 at the Olympics and came back with this statement..."I wasn't that impressed with the competition, I'm coming back with the gold from Brazil." !!!

  • Hangwanie - 2012-10-05 08:30

    AB just shut up, we demands results

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-10-05 11:41

    Just my opinion, but just by listening to his press conferences, AB doesn't seem to be the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2012-10-05 12:07

    When, Boet, when???????????????

  • singh.shalin - 2012-10-05 14:02

    Not going to happen when you persist with mediocre passengers like Levi, Parnell and Behardien!

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