Proteas

AB: There are some big scores to come

2017-05-16 22:07
AB de Villiers (Getty)

Cape Town - Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers says he is not concerned over his current form leading into the Proteas' tour of England and the ICC Champions Trophy.

De Villiers, along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mates, failed to fire at this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Proteas skipper only managing 216 runs in his nine matches.

De Villiers smashed 89 off 46 balls (3 four's and 9 sixes) in his first match for the Bangalore team before missing out on a few games due to injury.

"I'm not worried, I had a few decent knocks (in the IPL)... I started off really well and four games later I had a decent game again," De Villiers told reporters at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.

"I always felt in good form. I'm not too worried about it honestly, I'm really excited to move forward, I'm hitting the ball as well as ever so I think there are some big scores to come."

De Villiers wasn't bothered by where he'll fit in the Proteas batting order saying that he'll be happy to move around for the sake of the team.

"I'm not too worried where I bat, the last while it's been at No 4. I'm very happy to move around the order," he said.

"I'm not a big stats man so I won't look at what my average is wherever I'm batting.

"If it suits the team that I come in to bat at No 5 or No 3, I'm very happy to discuss it with Russell (Domingo). It all depends on what is needed from the team."

The Proteas play England in a three-match ODI series in their build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy.

The first of the three-ODI matches against England begins on Wednesday, May 24 at Leeds.

South Africa's one-day tour to the UK:

Friday, May 19, 1-day Tour match v Sussex (D/N) The County Ground, Hove

Sunday, May 21, 1-day Tour match v Northants Northampton

ODIs:

Wednesday, May 24, 1st ODI (D/N) Headingley, Leeds     

Saturday, May 27, 2nd ODI Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Monday, May 29, 3rd ODI Lord's, London

ICC Champions Trophy:

Saturday, June 3 - Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval

Wednesday, June 7 - Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston

Sunday, June 11 - India v South Africa, The Oval

Wednesday, June 14 - First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff

Thursday, June 15 - Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston

Sunday, June 18 - Final, The Oval

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