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It's important for us to continue winning despite changes: AB De Villiers

3.75K   //    25 Jan 2015, 08:04 IST
AB De Villiers focusses on winning the series 5-0

South African captain AB De Villiers has said in a recent interview that it is important to continue winning despite wholesale changes in the team for the fourth Momentum One-Day International against the West Indies at St George’s Park on Sunday. 

The Proteas are planning to give every player in the squad some game time in the last two matches as they hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match series. De Villiers said,

“We are definitely making a few changes. The most obvious ones are Dale (Steyn) and Hash (Amla) who aren’t here, they have been rested. Hash will come back for the last one and Dale has been rested for the series. We are also thinking of giving one or two of the other bowlers a rest over the next few games.”

“Whether we make a few changes or not, it’s important for us to keep winning. There is nothing more powerful than winning games of cricket, especially leading up to that all important World Cup.” 

Morne van Wyk is set to take the wicket-keeping responsibilities from the Captain,

“Morne van Wyk will probably get a game tomorrow as well, and I will run around in the field a little bit,” he added. “There are a few changes but it’s important for us to win and we will play the same brand of cricket.” 

“It’s reacted similarly to most coastal wickets over the years,” he said about the importance of adapting to the St George’s Park conditions.

“It’s slower and lower but I don’t think it will be as slow as East London. Most coastal wickets in South Africa are slow and there is something there in the first few overs. We will assess tomorrow and see what happens like we do at all the grounds that we play at. We will look at the conditions, communicate well and try and find out the lengths and lines that will work on this particular deck.” 

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