We must find consistency against Sri Lanka: De Villiers


Batsman AB de Villiers has said that South Africa will be looking for consistency against Sri Lanka.

De Villiers on Monday said the Proteas needed to do some serious video analysis of the Sri Lankans as they had not toured South Africa since 2002.

“They haven’t been here for a very long time and we haven’t played them for a long time. They have a lot of new players and I watched them on the telly the other night and I hardly recognise half of the team,” De Villiers said.

“We will have to do our homework and that will start from tonight onwards, a lot of video analysis. And we have some info from outside as well,” he said

De Villiers said the fact that the Proteas knew little about the Sri Lankans made them a dangerous prospect, Sports 24 reports.

“It is an unpredictable team, I think you can label them as a very dangerous side,” he said.

De Villiers bemoaned his side’s lack of consistency and said they needed to keep their cool when it came to the crucial moments in their matches.

“I don’t think we’ve been playing poor cricket in the last few years, but I do think we played the massive and important situations not too well. Like in the last Test match against Australia we got presented with the opportunity to finish it off and we didn’t do that, and that is what makes a good team a great one,” he said.

De Villiers said he could not say whether Sri Lanka’s bowling or their batting were their strong points as they had not played against them in such a long time.

  • http://tgrtrustforpeople.blogspot.com mohammadh rikzy

    south african are always constant and it is their fate which led them down but when we look.at sri lanka’s point of veiw it sings another song. sri lankan batsman hasn’t been constant no matter expierienced or inexpierienced, international or firstclass that why we see twists and turns when we look back to the sri lankan cricketing history.
    when we look into teams like australia ,south africa, england and india all regular top five batsmans has got avarages over 40, and 45 and some over 50 but when we look at.sri lankan batsman no batsman averages over 40 that is a great shame for a team whom has won a world cup and twise been runners up and it is astonishing to find sri lankan batsman averaging over 50s in tests but not in the odis.
    sangakara has highiest average of 38 of all time but mahela averages only 32 in odi having been able to all the shots in the book and is quiet shocking others averages between 30 and 35. averages are very important because it carries the summary of a cricketers talend and the support he has given to the team. thes poor averages shows that sri lankan batsman haven’t been able to bat agressively a or bat according to the situation demands. this may due to lack of techniques used by the batsman or poor shot sellection but however sri lanka has to overcome this in the near future.
    sri lankan selection committee should show special attention when sellecting specialist batsman to the team without just considering their one days performance in a match.