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Thu Apr 17 08:45:59 SAST 2014

AB looking to avenge England defeats

TEAMtalk Media | 09 June, 2012 07:120 Comments
Cricket SA Golf Day
AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn during the Cricket SA Golf Day from the Wanderers Golf Club on June 06, 2012 in Johannesburg
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South Africa's limited-overs captain AB de Villiers will seek revenge when the Proteas visit England during the next two months.

The last time the countries did battle in ODI cricket in England was in 2008, when de Villiers and company lost the series four-nil after winning the Test competition two-one.

De Villiers told SuperSport: "The last time we lost 4-0 which left a bad taste in my mouth, so we have a lot to prove.

"That was the big negative from that tour, that we relaxed after the test series win. But I won't allow the boys to relax.

"There's a new feeling in the team, a lot of young guys are coming through. There's a lot of hunger and pride around and we want to start well and play consistently throughout the tour."

While Graeme Smith will be the Test skipper, De Villiers is set to lead the ODI and T20I sides, and is looking forward to continuing his winning record after a successful series against New Zealand.

"I was feeling quite comfortable with it in New Zealand (where they won 3-0 in March) and I got a good feel for the job," he added.

"I wasn't perfect but I learnt a lot and there's still a bit to learn. Mostly about man-management and handling the various personalities.

"It's a lot easier on tour because things are more settled and structured. You have more control of the guys and the mood because everyone's on the same bus and nobody's staying at home.

"It's all about keeping the guys in a hungry state, just a couple of words at the right time can switch them on again, and leading by example as well of course."

The Proteas will play three Tests, the first of which gets underway at The Oval on 19 July, followed by a five-ODI series and three T20Is.

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