Cape Town - Mitchell Starc admits there is no room for error when
bowling to South Africa's AB de Villiers but the Australia fast bowler is
confident they can come out on top for the rest of the Test series.
De Villiers hit a majestic unbeaten 126 in the first innings
of the second Test in Port Elizabeth as the Proteas stormed to six-wicket
victory to level the four-match series at 1-1 after two games.
The 34-year-old De Villiers also hit an unbeaten 71 in the
first innings of the first Test and Starc said they are working on plans for
the Proteas number four ahead of the third Test at Newlands, starting on 22
Starc said: "He seems to be able to play a couple of
different shots to the same length ball, so your margin for error is a lot less
to someone like him.
"But he's only human, so he's going to make mistakes
and you're going to be able to get him out and people have before in the past
and I'm pretty confident in our bowling attack. So there's no doubt we can get
him out four more times in the series.
"I think you've got to think outside the box a lot more
with him. A good ball's still a good ball to any batter in world cricket, it's
just bowling them more consistently, changing the field a little bit and maybe
cutting off a couple of scoring areas for him as well.
"I think that's one thing we didn't do well enough to
him in the first innings [in Port Elizabeth], we didn't bowl enough good balls
"He's a fantastic batter, there's no doubt about that
and he showed again in the first innings why he's one of the best in the world.
"We've had some lengthy discussions about some plans to
him, things we might have to change, but he's only human and going forward
there's no doubt we can get him out."
Starc is also grateful to be having a bit of a breather
after back-to-back Test matches in which a lot of energy was given, especially
by the pace bowlers.
The teams will have had a ten-day break when the Newlands
starts with the final Test starting o 30 March at the Wanderers.
Starc continued: "[33.4] overs in the first innings
takes a bit of a toll on the body. Every time you pull on the baggy green
there's enough incentive there.
"You put all that tiredness and mental fatigue to one
side because if you compete for 10 days you win a series and a lot of guys can
switch off from there."