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AB de Villiers credits England after series defeat

AB de Villiers credits England after series defeat
AB de Villiers captained the side in Johannesburg after Hashim Amla stepped down after the second Test.
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Newly appointed South African Test captain AB de Villiers praised England and their bowling attack after the seven-wicket defeat in the third Test in Johannesburg.

South Africa managed to bowl England out for 323 runs in their first innings but ended up being bowled out for just 83 runs in the second innings, giving the visitors a paltry target of 74 runs.

It was Stuart Broad who caused the most damage with his brilliant spell of fast bowling which fetched him six wickets for just 17 runs from 12.1 overs.

It took England just 22.4 overs to chase down the target and clinch a 2-0 lead which ensures a series victory in the ongoing bilateral contest. 

Crediting England’s bowlers for their performance in the Johannesburg Test, de Villiers is looking ahead to push for a win in the final game of the series.

“It’s never nice to lose a series but I’m the kind of guy to get myself going for that last Test match and get the team going too.

“It’s difficult to explain but these things happen.

“You have to give credit to England’s bowlers and their team.” 

By the virtue of securing a series victory against South Africa, England have moved up to the fifth position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

On the other hand, South Africa, who came into the series as the top-ranked side have slipped down from their pole position to the third spot.

Identifying the balance in the England lineup, de Villiers feels that they are a much better team than what the rankings currently suggest.

“They’re a good team, well balanced and with lots of players who offer a lot to their captain.

“They’re definitely not the number five team in the world, they’re much better than that.

“They’ve got a bright future and lots of young players with lots of talent.

“It looks like they’ve got a lot of maturity as well, even though they’re young.

“They are a difficult team to play against.” 

The final Test match between South Africa and England will be played between 22nd and 26th January at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

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