SA in New Zealand

Consistency key for SA – AB

2012-03-02 17:32
AB de Villers

Johannesburg - Proteas captain AB de Villiers will celebrate his second One-Day International (ODI) series win, regardless of the outcome in the third and final match against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

However, South Africa is targeting a series whitewash, with De Villiers looking to continue the Proteas' good form and unsettling the Black Caps ahead of the test series.

"It's still an important game for us," De Villiers said.

"We did the same against Sri Lanka, we were three up and we ended on a bit of a disappointing note, and I wouldn't like to have it end the same way.

"It's not every day that you get the opportunity to whitewash a team away from home.

"New Zealand is a good cricket team, and they play good cricket in their home conditions. It would be great to win three nil."

The South Africans have been well-oiled on the tour, with the bowlers taking wickets and the batsmen playing well in crucial stages of the innings.

The Proteas fielding has also looked sharp, contributing to a resounding display so far.

"There is a certain standard of cricket that we would like to play and we don't want that to drop," De Villiers said.

"We have aspirations of winning the World Cup one day and to do that you have to be consistently good.

"We are going to go out there to try and maintain that kind of level and obviously keep the momentum going in the test matches."

The Proteas return to Eden Park, the venue of their close three-run win in the series-deciding T20 International two weeks ago.

With three tests to follow, De Villiers and coach Gary Kirsten may look at experimenting with some younger players in the squad, to give some rest to key senior players.

"Some of the fast bowlers bowled quite a few overs in the last few matches, so we'll have a look at that," De Villiers said.

"Maybe we will give some of the guys a chance who have sat on the sides for a few weeks.

"We haven't made any clear decisions, but there will be a few changes."


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