Thursday, 18 July 2019

AB de Villers eyes successful test return

AB de Villiers

PORT ELEZBETH: South Africa talisman AB de Villiers has declared himself fit for the challenge of the day-night test ahead of the one-off match against Zimbabwe at St George`s Park from Tuesday.

It will be the first test appearance in almost two years for the 33-year-old, who had taken time off from the longer version of the game while continuing to dominate bowlers in limited overs.

“I pride myself in the fact that I can adapt to certain conditions and formats,” he told reporters as the Proteas prepare for the first ever-four day match, also the first test to be played under lights in South Africa.

“I have worked hard on my game over the last six months. I started in July facing red balls at the University of Pretoria, getting some technical stuff sorted out, I feel more ready than ever to take it on.

“I faced a few pink balls here last night on a spicy wicket, it was really tough. Then again it`s a great challenge, it`s the ultimate form of the game, it`s the greatest challenge to come out on top when the ball is moving around a bit.”

De Villiers did not see much difference between the formats.

“It`s a mindset, a little tweak here and there. You have to have more patience with the red ball but you still have to play cricket strokes, it’s not like you are playing rugby, it is still cricket.

“As long as you respect the conditions, sum up what is going on in a match situation, you can make it work.”

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