Friday 6 December 2013 

Video - ODI Series Far From Won - De Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers is taking nothing for granted despite leading the Proteas to a comprehensive 141-run win over India in Johannesburg.

De Villiers hit a half-century and Quinton de Kock hammered 135 as South Africa racked up 358 for four before bowling India out for 217 to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

But although South Africa need to win only one more game to seal the series, de Villiers says they have plenty of work still to do.

"It's certainly very important to start off the series like that," he said. "We know it's not easy for countries, especially subcontinent countries, to tour to South Africa, and it's important never to allow them to gain a bit of momentum going into a series.

"We felt that the first game was always going to be important. It doesn't mean that we certainly are going to win the series or anything like that. We know there's a hell of a lot of hard work ahead, because they are certainly a world-class team, still the number one team in the world that will definitely bounce back when it comes to Durban, the next game.

"So it was important but we're not overly excited about it. It was a very good performance but I think it's important for us to keep our feet on the ground, to keep working hard and to keep that kind of aggressive attitude that we had today."

Although South Africa were able to easily surpass the ground's average score of 222, de Villiers refused to criticise the Indian bowling attack, although he did concede that they had bowled too short early on.

"They're not a poor bowling line-up, there's no doubt about that. They've definitely got a bit of skill. I felt they were a little bit short in the first five to ten overs, which gave us...confidence and a bit of momentum.

"Not losing a wicket in the first ten (overs) at the Wanderers is always huge no matter how many runs you've scored.

"If you don't lose wickets in the first ten you set yourself up nicely for the last forty (overs), which happened today, and it was really important for us to have wickets in hand there at the end, and we did, and it proved that it's very handy having wickets in hand against the bowling attack of the India cricket team."

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