SA in New Zealand

SA to stick to winning formula

2012-02-28 18:23
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Proteas captain AB de Villiers says the tourists will look to wrap up the series when they face New Zealand in the second of three ODIs in Napier on Wednesday.

"It's a great opportunity for us to win a series away from home," De Villiers said in Napier on Tuesday.

"We know that New Zealand play really good cricket over here in their home conditions but we have also been playing really well and we wouldn't like to take it to the last game.

"Once again we will have to do the basics well tomorrow and start from the first ball on and try and play good cricket over a 100-over period and hopefully that will be enough."

The skipper said they were unlikely to make changes to the team that coasted to a six-wicket win in the first ODI in Wellington on Saturday.

"We played really good cricket in the last game," he said.

"It's tough to make changes when you're winning games.

"We wouldn't like to change too much. We have a few exciting players on the bench but I think we will pretty much go with the same XI tomorrow."

South Africa have won only one of their three previous ODIs at the 10 000-seater McLean Park, and De Villiers said it was the hardest track they had seen thus far on their tour, which provides an exciting prospect for the batmen.

But while the batsmen will look to monopolise the favourable batting conditions, De Villiers said he would also turn to his varied bowling attack to put pressure on the hosts.

"I thought they [New Zealand] had an opportunity to take the momentum away from us a few times [in Wellington] and they didn't.

"I tried to mix it up with the bowlers and tried to keep them guessing. I guess that worked."

Graeme Smith, with a bruised left forearm, was the only injury concern in the squad, and a decision on his availability would be made shortly before the match.

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