South Africa’s ODI captain AB de Villiers feels that even after the 1-4 series defeat against Australia, South Africa will still be the team to beat at the ICC World Cup 2015.
After the series loss, De Villiers was particularly unhappy with the number of extras his bowlers conceded and the way his batsmen approached the last 10 overs of the game. But inspite of all this, de Villiers feels that the team has learnt a lot and will come out fighting at the grand stage.
“There is absolutely no doubt in [my] mind we are the better team. We didn’t play the big moments as well as we wanted to but I really believe we could have beaten them 4-1 on another day but it didn’t happen that way. They will be one of the favourites for the World Cup but I still believe we are better team. We will be the team to beat at the World Cup.
“We learnt a lot of little things – like flying from Perth to Canberra and understanding there is a time difference and jetlag comes into play even though you are on tour. And different wickets. There is no set of rules that you’ve got to play in a certain way in Australia. Russell [Domingo] and I made a lot of notes. We are definitely more prepared than what we would have been if we didn’t go on the tour.”
Even I think that South Africa would be the team to beat at the World Cup. This series loss won’t affect the mood in the dressing room that much. Instead it’ll lift the team’s morale as a lot of players were playing in Australia for the first-time and when they go into the World Cup, they would be much more prepared. The return of JP Duminy into the middle-order will make this lineup a lethal one and hopefully they won’t choke this time, if they have really learnt their lessons from this loss.
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