Cape Town - AB de Villiers is more confident in his
role as a wicketkeeper/batsman for the Proteas' Test line-up, after
nearly six months since taking over the position from Mark Boucher.
De Villiers explained the difficulty of
adjusting to the sudden change, but is happy with the role as long as it
contributes to the team success.
“It took me a while but I’m into a nice
rhythm,” De Villiers via a statement released to the media on Sunday.
“I had to adapt to a few things but I feel that I
understand what my role is and I make time for both keeping and batting.
definitely possible to do both. I don’t feel tired after a day’s play and I
don’t feel tired after a Test match, for me it’s more mental than anything
Villiers withdrew from the recent T20 series against New Zealand for extra rest, and
says the down time has left him mentally and physically refreshed.
“It’s all about managing your energy levels
and niggles, ultimately about keeping the passion and hunger to do well for
your team,” the Proteas’ vice-captain said. “We play a lot of cricket
throughout the year and we are in a situation where we have to manage it (the
“I feel refreshed and hungrier than ever
and hopefully the results will show.”
He broke his lean streak with the bat with
an excellent century against Australia during the last Test match in Perth, and
hopes to continue with that form at Newlands - where the Proteas
haven’t lost a Test since 2006 - and into the New Year.
“It was very satisfying,” he said about the
169 at the WACA. “It was nice to get the monkey off my back. Personally I
needed to tell myself that I could do it. The doubt creeps in when you don’t
perform because you have the gloves in hand and I knew that I was entering a
new era of my career and I wanted to perform in a certain way, which I did in
The Proteas have also set their goals for
2013, where they will look to stretch their lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings.
“There is a real sense of care within the
team,” he added. “I am part of an amazing team spirit. We are really looking
forward to what is lying ahead in 2013. I believe that, if we come through this
year with another solid performance, we have a very good chance to dominate for
four or five years around the world.”
The two-Tests series against the Kiwis starts at Newlands from Wednesday.