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Captain AB de Villiers is not worried by the poor performance of South Africa’s main batsmen in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand.
Only opener Quinton de Kock, batsman Faf du Plessis and De Villiers himself have managed to accumulate at least 100 runs in the four ODIs that have been played.
De Villiers has scored 239 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 119.50, while De Kock has put amassed 194 runs, which includes three fifties, at an average of 48.50. As for Du Plessis, he has made 128 runs, which includes one half-century, at an average of 32.
Opener Hashim Amla and batsmen JP Duminy and David Miller have failed to have an impact as they have scored 92 runs at an average of 23, 76 runs at an average of 19 and 32 runs at an average of 10.66 respectively.
As a result of the trio failing to fire, the Proteas have often had to rely on their lower order batsmen such as Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo and Wayne Parnell to come to the rescue.
Despite this, De Villiers isn’t concerned. In fact, he is backing his main batsmen to bounce back in the fifth and final ODI in Auckland on Saturday.
“I know they are world class players and they’ll come back to the party when it matters most, which is hopefully in the next game,” he said. “We all go through patches some time – it’s just one of those tours – but luckily we bat deep.
“We’ve posted really good scores this series so far, so there’s no need to panic at all. I believe in the guys and our top order is the best in the world. Going into the next game, there’s no reason to not be confident with our batting.”
The series is tied at 2-2, meaning that South Africa have a chance to clinch the series after failing to do so in the fourth ODI in Hamilton, where New Zealand opener Martin Guptill stole the show with an unbeaten 180.
Furthermore, the Proteas will also be looking to win the series as consolation for the fact that they were dethroned atop the ODI team rankings by Australia.