There is no reason why we can’t end our losing streak in Durban, says AB de Villiers

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“I am going to take it one ball at a time and use my experience to adapt as quickly as I can”

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers has announced that there is no reason why the Proteas cannot end their five-year losing streak in Durban when they face India there tomorrow.

South Africa have not won in Durban since beating the West Indies there in 2008.

“I am confused about Durban,” de Villiers said. “I don’t know what to expect.

“I am just going to play it like I always play my cricket.

“I am going to take it one ball at a time and use my experience to adapt as quickly as I can. So will the whole team.”

De Villiers also noted that winning the toss would be crucial as the pitch in Durban has always been more pace-friendly towards the early stages of the match.

“I think there will be a bit of movement on the first day,” he said. “Batting first always seemed the better option in the past.

“I don’t expect as many cracks as there was at the Wanderers. It will probably be a bit more green, a bit firmer, and there may be a bit of turn towards the end of the test.”

Speaking about spinner Imran Tahir, who only managed to take two wickets in the first Test, de Villiers said: “Immi has bowled really well in the last few months. He didn’t have a great game at the Wanderers but that is part of sport. We know what he is capable of.

“It’s always tempting to get Immi into your starting XI, even if you play on a road. Even on glass, he can get you wickets.

“He seems to run through the tail easily. It’s a tough decision to make. We lacked control at the Wanderers, not just from Immi, from all the bowlers.”

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