Pink Proteas eager to maintain form

2015-01-17 17:08
AB de Villiers (AFP)

Johannesburg - The Proteas will be looking to continue their good run in pink for the second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies at the Wanderers on Sunday.

The Wanderers will be a sea of pink as part of the third-annual Pink Day, an initiative partnering with Momentum, Bidvest and the PinkDrive to raise awareness and support for breast cancer.

“We love playing in Pink,” Proteas captain, AB de Villiers said. “The Pink Drive is a great cause and the guys always get excited playing in the pink kit, it’s something different. We haven’t lost a game in the pink kit so that’s a nice bonus for us, hopefully we can continue with our winning streak. There is always a good crowd at the Bullring so everyone is excited to go there.”

Despite a comfortable 61-run win (D/L Method) on Friday evening, the Proteas will be keen to improve on certain areas of their game which let them down at Kingsmead.

“It was a good day for us,” De Villiers said. “I thought it was a mature bowling display towards the end which was set up by a great batting performance. We are nowhere near perfect, we learnt a lot but all in all I’m happy with the win.

“Tonight was a great performance but we are not where we want to be,” he added.

The Proteas will more than likely play the same team, as they continue to tinker with combinations and strategies in search of a winning formula ahead of the World Cup.

“We are likely to have the same side,” De Villiers said. “We will have a look at my hands and a few areas in my body so maybe Morne (Van Wyk) will have a go. I want to keep the same team, if anything throughout the series we would like to give everyone a go. For now, we are here to win the series and to get some confidence going.”

Tour itinerary:

18 January, 2nd ODI, Wanderers, Johannesburg 10:00

21 January, 3rd ODI, Buffalo Park, East London 13:30

25 January, 4th ODI, St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth 10:00

28 January, 5th ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion 13:30

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