Proteas in Australia

Hard work ahead for SA - AB

2012-12-02 15:41
AB de Villiers (AFP)

Perth - South African vice-captain AB de Villiers said on Sunday the Proteas were not taking anything for granted, despite being in a seemingly unbeatable position in the final Test against Australia at the WACA Ground.

De Villiers made 169 as the Proteas piled on 569 in their second innings to set Australia an improbable 632 runs to win in just over two days of cricket.

Australia reached 40 without loss at stumps on day three, still 591 runs behind South Africa.

Video highlights: Australia v SA, third Test, Day 3

It was the second-biggest target Australia had ever been set in Test cricket, and they need to substantially beat the current record run chase to win the match and claim the top ranking in Test cricket off the South Africans.

The world record run chase stands at 418, set by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003.

However, wicketkeeper De Villiers said it was too early for the South Africans to celebrate spoiling retiring Australian batsman Ricky Ponting's farewell match.

Perhaps mindful that he was part of the South African team that reached a victory target of 414 on the final day in Perth in 2008 for the loss of just four wickets, De Villiers said there was still a lot of work to be done before they won the match and the series.

"We haven't ruined anything yet," he said of Ponting's last match.

"We are aware that if they we go the full length of the Test match they will come quite close.

"They won't be giving it away, we are aware of that and we are not arrogant in any way whatsoever.

"We have a lot of hard work ahead of us tomorrow.

"We haven't ruined his (Ponting's) last Test match yet, but hopefully we do."

De Villiers said the WACA pitch was still a good batting wicket, but he expected that to change over the last two days of the match.

"It is playing quite well," he said of the pitch.

"We are hoping that it will break up a little bit over the next couple of days, there are a couple of cracks that are developing and hopefully they do open up for us."

Personally, De Villiers ended a mini-drought with the bat in scoring his 14th Test century, bringing up the milestone in remarkable fashion with three successive reverse sweeps to the boundary off spinner Nathan Lyon.

It was his first century in nine Tests, his indifferent form leading to speculation over his ability to perform with the bat while also taking the wicketkeeping duties.

However, De Villiers is committed to the dual role.

"I felt it coming for a long time," he said of the innings.

"There is a bit of pressure on me with the gloves, I feel really proud about what happened today.

"I don't think people believe me, but I honestly don't think I am getting as tired when I am wicketkeeping.

"I really enjoy having the gloves."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
16 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
27 August 2014
Australia v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 09:30
29 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 09:30
02 September 2014
Australia v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 09:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas have wrapped up their Test series against Australia with a 1-0 victory. Which international opponent gives you greatest pleasure in beating?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

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