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Cook feels de Villiers' comments will spice up fourth Test

Cook feels de Villiers' comments will spice up fourth Test
Alastair Cook has scored 103 runs from the three Tests against South Africa in the series.
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England captain Alastair Cook stated that the recent comments of the South African captain AB de Villiers will add spice to the contest ahead of the fourth Test between the two teams in Centurion.

Recently de Villiers stated that the England bowling attack though experienced has a few players who have lost pace over the years.

Though de Villiers did not take any names, Cook feels that the comments were directed at James Anderson, who has been below par in the ongoing series.

From the two games he played in the ongoing series, Anderson has just three wickets from three innings at an average of 54.33.

Cook further added that the comments by the South African skipper can cause Anderson to be fired up and bring out his best performance.

“He’s obviously trying to wind everything up and, if Jimmy reads it, he’ll have a word,” Cook said.

“I actually think his speeds have been quite good in this series.

“It’s a brave man to call Jimmy Anderson out but I guess it will spice up the match a little.” 

De Villiers also added that England do not have a “best in the world” batting lineup and if South Africa remain patient they can expose the weakness of the visitors.

The England skipper feels that the majority of runs in the series have come from Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow and it was time for him and the rest of the batsmen to step up in the final match.

“A lot of runs have been scored by Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in this series which is great but other guys haven’t quite contributed – myself included – and we’ve got a chance to do that in this game.

“Hopefully Alex (Hales), James (Taylor), Nick (Compton), myself, we can end the series well.

“The guys are desperate to shore up their spots so when the selection meeting comes for the Sri Lankan series, they’ve earned that right.” 

With a chance to beat South Africa 3-0, England will take the field at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on 22nd January for the fourth and final Test match in the series. 

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