Wednesday 8 May 2013 

De Villiers Highlights 'Game-Changers' In South Africa Squad

De Villiers Highlights 'Game-Changers' In South Africa Squad
De Villiers Highlights 'Game-Changers' In South Africa Squad
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South Africa captain has picked out Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh as players to watch in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 but says his own team has enough game-changers to see them perform well.

South Africa are chasing their first global tournament success since they won the event in 1998 and take on India, Pakistan and the West Indies in their opening group.

"We are really looking forward to the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales," de Villiers said.

"This is another opportunity for us to win that elusive ICC trophy and it will be a great test for our ODI squad looking ahead to the World Cup in two years.

"I personally think every opponent in our group is a threat. Our recent 3-2 win over Pakistan only highlighted the threat they (Pakistan) can pose in the limited-overs format, and India and West Indies can both be destructive if they arrive on the day.

"We are going to have to start strong in our opening match against India at the Cardiff Wales Stadium and hopefully use the momentum for the extra advantage through the group stages," he added.

Asked to pick out the players he is expecting to challenge the Proteas, he said:

"The nature of ODI cricket is such that any player can take the game away on the day. I think looking specifically at our group, Chris Gayle is one of the major players that stands out, as well as Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is a master-class with the bat.

"I think the one element that has worked in our favour has been our process of focusing on ourselves. We have some big game-changers in Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla, and some exciting youngsters who are brimming with potential. JP Duminy will also make a comeback after a long absence and I’m looking forward to having him back.

"We have some quality cricketers in our current ODI squad. We are coming off a series win where we saw some great performances from the likes of Ryan McLaren with the ball and obviously myself with the bat.

"I think if we can collectively take the confidence and momentum we gained during our series win over Pakistan, any player in our squad can win the game for us on the day. We have a balanced makeup of experience and youth in our squad. I think that will be to our advantage in the competition."

South Africa play India on 6th June, Pakistan four days later and end their group campaign against West Indies on 14th June.

The two sides that top each group will progress to the semi-finals and the final will be held at Edgbaston on 23rd June.

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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report
 

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners


1998: South Africa

2000: New Zealand

2002: India/Sri Lanka

2004: West Indies

2006: Australia

2009: Australia