De Villiers plans to keep opening spot at WorldT20


AB de Villiers aims to keep his opening berth for South Africa at the World Twenty20 after putting England to the sword to help complete a series win on Sunday.

The big-hitting batsman scored his fastest T20 half-century off 21 balls and went on to make 71 as the Proteas chased down 171 in Johannesburg to win by nine wickets and seal a 2-0 win in the T20 series.

De Villiers opened in the last T20 series against India and in both matches versus England, but has been utilised further down the order by the Proteas.

However, he hopes to have done enough to nail his place at the top of the order for the World T20 in India, which starts next month.

"I hope so, that's the plan so far," he said. "No-one is assured of a place in the team so I am going to have to keep performing as well as possible.

"I really enjoy it up the order - you can play normal shots and get value for your strokes. That's where I want to bat and I am really enjoying it so far."

Faf du Plessis was delighted with South Africa's effort with the bat as Hashim Amla also contributed an unbeaten 69.

However, the T20 captain says the Proteas have improvements to make with the ball.

"It was a good wicket and we had AB playing his 360 degree shots so I am a very happy captain," he said.

"You can only do what's in front of you, but we were about 70 per cent with the ball and there is room for improvement."