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AB de Villiers will open the batting in T20Is - Faf du Plessis

AB de Villiers will open the batting in T20Is - Faf du Plessis
AB de Villiers has scored 1167 runs from 63 T20Is at an average of 23 and strike rate of 125.
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South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis confirmed that AB de Villiers will continue to open the batting in the shortest form of the game, including the upcoming series against England.

Apart from de Villiers, either Hashim Amla or Quinton de Kock will open the batting while Faf du Plessis is slated to continue his role at the number three position.

Du Plessis reckons that de Villiers' prowess with the bat in the shortest format of the game is something which will play a key role in the upcoming 2016 World T20.

“AB has been batting up the top for the last three series, and I don’t see that changing,” said du Plessis.

“He’s an x-factor player, and it’s definitely something we see as a wild card for the World Cup.

“He’s one of those players who can take a game away every day, and it’s something we’re optimistic about at this World Cup.” 

Meanwhile du Plessis also confirmed that their pace spearhead Dale Steyn will not be taking part in the upcoming T20I series against England.

“Dale (Steyn) looks fit.

“But we said we’d bring him into the mix for the games against Australia, just to give him some extra time to get back.” 

After the completion of the two-match T20I series against England, South Africa will host Australia for three games in the shortest format before heading to India for the World T20.

Du Plessis revealed that the team management will look to use the upcoming T20Is to give the players in the squad match practice ahead of the World T20.

“I see these games just about giving most of the guys game time,” said du Plessis.

“You can’t always guarantee everyone to play.

“It’s just about trying to get the guys ready and feeling good before that first match starts in the World Cup.

“It’s not always about the best thing for now, it’s about looking ahead.” 

The two T20Is between South Africa and England will be played in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 19th and 21st February respectively. 

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