De Villiers relishing bright future for South Africa


AB de Villiers sees a bright future for South Africa after his side trounced England by 280 runs in the fourth and final Test at Centurion.

The Proteas came into day five needing seven more wickets to wrap up victory and regain some pride having already seen the tourists clinch the series at the Wanderers.

And it took the hosts just over an hour to rattle through England's middle and lower order as Kagiso Rabada took 6-32, his match figures of 13-144 the best by a South African on home soil.

Rabada has been the star for South Africa with the ball, ending the series as the top wicket-taker with 22 victims at 21.90, and De Villiers believes the 20-year-old represents a bright future for the Proteas.

"It's been a while since we won a Test so we're very excited about that so we'll enjoy the celebrations now," De Villiers said in the post-match presentation.

"We're very excited about some of the guys that have come through and taken the opportunity with both hands. Kagiso had a fantastic Test match and 13 wickets doesn't come around every day. 

"Temba [Bavuma] and [Stephen] Cook also played their roles. It's a great team performance, we showed a lot of character and hopefully we can build on that in the future.

"We're keen to move forward and the team is in a really good space with a few guys coming through, it's a good place to be and it's a bright future for us.

"There's a long way to go, it's a bit of a rebuilding phase for us. We've lost a few players in the last few years but the guys who've come in showed character and showed they could take the team forward."