Batsmen advice helped devastating Proteas bowling - De Villiers


AB De Villiers says some words of wisdom from South Africa's batsmen helped the Proteas' bowlers in their devastating display in the third one-day international against New Zealand.

South Africa's 12-match winning run in 50-over cricket was ended in Christchurch when the Kiwis levelled the five-game series at 1-1, but the tourists responded with a 159-run battering in Wellington.

New Zealand were skittled for just 112 when chasing a target of 272, a score South Africa reached thanks largely to De Villiers' sublime knock of 85, with Dwaine Pretorius (3-5) the pick of the bowlers, while Andile Phehlukwayo (2-12), Wayne Parnell (2-33) and Kagiso Rabada (2-39) also contributed.

"They [the seamers] were good," captain De Villiers said. 

"We had a nice discussion before we went out. [Faf] Du Plessis, Quinton [De Kock], Hashim Amla, they gave the bowlers what a good length on this pitch is.

"I just asked a lot of energy and I felt the inner ring was really difficult to pierce and we saved a lot of ones there.

"A guy like [New Zealand seamer Colin] de Grandhomme moved it all over the place, which helped us because we had two bowlers who could do the same. 

"I don't think it did more in the second innings, we just did well, we caught our catches and we created more chances."

De Villiers won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant knock, which included seven fours and a six, on a difficult pitch for the batters.

And the explosive batsman was relieved to contribute after sensing South Africa would struggle to post a competitive score.

"I'm always very nervous, there's always a fear of getting out, it's just human," he added. 

"We started losing a few wickets, and I thought we were looking at 160-180 here, which wouldn't have been enough. But over the years I've learnt to counter that. 

"It comes through experience, learning from mistakes and a deep, deep hunger to succeed. 

"There's nothing like contributing to the team, making hundreds, and seeing the smiles on my team-mates' faces."