Wednesday 20 March 2013 

De Villiers Pleased To Have Passed Wanderers Test

De Villiers Pleased To Have Passed Wanderers Test
De Villiers Pleased To Have Passed Wanderers Test
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South Africa One-Day International captain AB de Villiers says he is pleased to have come through a major test of his leadership skills in Sunday's 34-run win over Pakistan.

In a high-scoring game, South Africa defended 343 for five by bowling Pakistan out for 309 and de Villiers had to combat Shahid Afridi, who blasted 88 in just 48 balls.

De Villiers, who had scored a century during South Africa's innings, hitting 128, feels he is settling in nicely to his new role as skipper and is happy to have come through the third ODI with his team 2-1 ahead.

"It gives me a lot of satisfaction to win a game like that," de Villiers said ahead of the fourth match in Durban.

"The part that I enjoyed the most was the fielding, the 50 overs in the field. I felt like it was the best game that I have had as a captain so far.

"I felt like I had a lot more time. I used the experience of Graeme (Smith) and Hash (Amla) which is always helpful in times of need."

With conditions at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban expected to be slow, de Villiers believes it will offer another good test, both of himself and his team.

"If you want to be the number one team in the world, which is where we want to be, we have to beat any team in any conditions that we get," he added.

"The Kingsmead wicket looks a bit drier than usual, you never know what you are going to get but if there is some turn we have to adapt as quickly as possible and beat them at their own game."

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