'We Need A Lot Of Self-Belief' - De Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers says South Africa need to believe in themselves ahead of the second and final Test in Dubai
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South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers says his side are going to need to believe in their abilities if they are to win the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

With a turnaround time of just five days between the two matches, the players have little option to work on any technicalities.

Now, as de Villiers says, it is time to trust the skills and mental fortitude that got South Africa to the top of the Test rankings.

"We need a lot of self-belief," he said. "We are the No.1 ranked team in the world and we are going to have to go out there and play like that.

"We don't have a lot of time; we are going into the second Test in a few days.

"Technical changes can't happen, we have to believe and have a fresh mindset that we are going to level the series."

South Africa were beaten by seven wickets in the opening Test in Abu Dhabi, and despite a late wobble by Pakistan, the Proteas played well below their best.

"We have moved on from the disappointing performance we had in Abu Dhabi," de Villiers added.

"We were hurting quite a bit after the Test match; we haven't played cricket like that in a long time. We are finding a way of fixing it, it is important to find a solution.

"We have been working hard and have looked at a few areas where we have gone wrong."

And while de Villiers paid tribute to the Pakistan bowling attack, he admitted that some of the batting, including his own, had left plenty to be desired.

"It was a good bowling display from the Pakistan team. They bowled well and had clever plans.

"But in saying that we had a few soft dismissals including my own, you never know what could have happened if I didn't get run-out in the first innings. We are a good batting line-up and we know that.

"We didn't do the basics well and also didn't adapt to the conditions."

Asked to rate the team's performance out of 10, de Villiers opted for a two, a measure of the standards South Africa hope to maintain, and a recognition from the team of Pakistan's domination of the game.

In Dubai, the Proteas must do better, although they suffered another blow as Dale Steyn missed training with a tight hamstring.

The extent of his injury has not yet been revealed.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs