Pakistan in SA

AB eyes future ODI success

2013-03-14 22:14
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - AB de Villiers believes it's only a matter of time before the Proteas start producing in one-day cricket like thay have in Tests.

The one-day skipper did, however, ask fans to be patient with the team as they prepare to face Pakistan at Centurion on Friday. South Africa won the first game by 125 runs in Bloemfontein last Sunday.

"Our performance in the first ODI was a big step in the right direction, but there are four matches left in the series and we're far from the finished product yet," De Villiers told the Beeld website.

The Proteas have been inconsistent in the 50-over format in the last few years and De Villiers said they were working hard on improving all their on and off-field processes which would eventually result in more consistent results.

“We’re doing things more consistently well than we did in the past - our training, our video analysis and basically everything we do, off and on the field, has improved since Gary Kirsten has been head coach.

"We have also lost some senior players and the new guys will have time to find their feet at this level.

"However, I firmly believe that it's only a matter of time before we start delivering the sort of performances the public is used to seeing from our Test team."

Meanwhile, Dale Steyn is likely to be back for Friday's game after he visited his girlfriend in Los Angeles last week. However, Morné Morkel (hamstring) will remain on the sidelines.

With Steyn back, one of Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Ryan McLaren will sit out.

Likely teams for Friday:


Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

South Africa:

AB de Villiers (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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