Proteas

Morris warns India of 'AB de Villiers factor'

2018-02-10 06:50
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Star batsman AB de Villiers will be welcomed with open arms into the Proteas line-up where he will inject experience and temperament to the middle order.

De Villiers has recovered from a finger injury, which saw the 33-year-old miss the first three ODIs against India.

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The Proteas are staring down the barrel as they need to win all three of their remaining games to level the series.

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris says De Villiers' experience on and off the field will be invaluable ahead of the Pink ODI.

"AB is AB, apart from what he brings on the field it's what he also brings off it," Morris told reporters in Johannesburg on Friday.

""I don't think he is feeling any added pressure. He is just going to come in and be AB de Villiers. I think AB de Villiers being AB de Villiers is a very dangerous player."

Morris stated that De Villiers has already shared some important tips on how to counter India's spin threat.

"He brings that calmness and experience. To have a world-class player come back into the side is a special occasion. I enjoy sharing the field with AB, he is one of the best players in the world and one of the best to play for South Africa," added Morris.

"For the team he brings so much more than just runs, he brings the AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way.

"We are 3-0 down in the series; what more pressure do you need? If AB is coming in, I don't think he is feeling any added pressure. He is just going to come in and be AB de Villiers. I think AB de Villiers being AB de Villiers is a very dangerous player," he said.

Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram, whose captaincy has gotten off to the worst possible start, will look to rally his troops ahead of Saturday's 'Pink' ODI at the Wanderers.

The first ball is due to be bowled at 13:00.

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