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World T20: De Villiers blitz powers South Africa to semis

Sun, 30th, Mar 2014
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South Africa posted the highest total in the tournament so far, after England won the toss and elected to chase. Hashim Amla looked in ominous form with his first T20I fifty in 25 innings, a 37-ball 56 that included six fours and two sixes. His partner, Quinton de Kock (29 off 33) was strutting along at the other end, but the duo managed to add 90 for the 1st wicket despite being interrupted by floodlight failures on two occasions.

In walked stand-in skipper AB de Villiers, who promoted himself to No.3 and the move paid off immensely. AB got to his half-century in just 23 balls, the quickest by any South African batsman in this format. In all, he finished unbeaten on 69 off 28 deliveries, even as the rest of the middle-order crumbled around him. England's woeful bowling added more runs to the South African total as they finished with 196/5 in 20 overs.

England would have loved a repeat of the Alex Hales show, but Wayne Parnell shattered all dreams with his fierce spell, claiming all three top-order wickets, including that of Hales (38). England were reduced to 73/3, desperately in need of a stable partnership. But Imran Tahir's masterful legspin hardly allowed the Englishmen to settle as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (14) way too early in his innings, followed by Jos Buttler (34) who was beginning to look comfortable.

England were still ahead of the Proteas in terms of run-rate, but they missed a match-winning cameo towards the end. Ravi Bopara (31) entered the final over with 22 needed, but a mishit off Steyn landed straight into David Miller's hand and that was the end of England's journey in the World T20.

South Africa 196 for 5 (De Villiers 69, Amla 56) beat England (Hales 38, Parnell 3-31) by three runs
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Time for AB to assume mantle of captaincy

Thu, 13th, Mar 2014
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"Captaincy is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill. But don't try it without that 10 percent." – Richie Benaud

royal challengers

For South Africa's AB de Villiers, it is the other way round. He knows every shot in the book, his wicketkeeping standards are high and the immense potential to lead is clearly visible. Rarely does he need to depend on luck, for his talent alone takes him places. There isn't an iota of doubt as to who should be South Africa's next Test captain.

AB is the natural successor of Smith. While he enjoys taking risks as far as batting is concerned, he doesn't mind going the old fashioned way if it adds value to his captaincy. De Villiers is already reaping benefits of leading the ODI team, and his progress has been unquestionably rewarding in that format. South Africa will find an influential leader in AB if he takes the reins of the Test team.

De Villiers is patient. He waits for his turn, and when the turn comes, he will prove you wrong. Tell him he cannot bat at No.5, and he will reply with a century out of nowhere. He will also lead his men in the meanwhile, and the wicketkeeping gloves will never leave his backyard. He has some shrewd cricketing minds on the field, who can help him in decision-making. Hashim Amla is one of the finest batsmen South Africa could ever have, and leadership comes to him naturally. Faf du Plessis is a young captaincy material, and the experienced JP Duminy is always around. The bowlers, Steyn and Co., are a pack of strong men who need the right direction, and with AB they can certainly achieve that.

If De Villiers takes up full-time captaincy, he could then willingly give up wicketkeeping, if that may ease his job as a captain. The stats, though, tell a different story. He averages 50-plus in Tests, but ever since he took up the gloves, the average has shot up to a whopping 70. If he decides to challenge his limits, AB is unstoppable. He could bat, keep, captain. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

It is now all about choices for the world's No.1 batsman. He could probably promote himself up the batting order and pass on the gloves to a Quinton de Kock or a Thami Tsolekile. After all, captaincy in two of the most strenuous formats is a task, a back-breaking one.
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AB de Villiers returns from injury ahead of AUS series

Fri, 7th, Feb 2014
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Although the 3-day game ended in a draw, de Villiers's return came in as a huge sigh of relief for the Proteas. South Africa posted 300 in the first innings, but were without the services of AB who chose not to bat. In response, the Composite XI were bundled out for 135 runs as Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson ripped them apart with 3 wickets each.

The highlight of South Africa's 2nd innings was a Faf du Plessis century, followed by AB's crucial knock of 40 that helped him get back his rhythm at the crease. Spending almost 100 minutes at the crease, he struck 5 fours and 1 six in just 65 deliveries. This was de Villiers' first outing after undergoing surgery on his hand about a month ago.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the practice game, adding it was a helpful exercise for his team ahead of a much awaited Test series against Australia.

The Proteas will take on Australia in the 1st Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 12.
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