Saturday, 19 January 2013

AB de Villiers relishing opportunity to lead Proteas sans wicket-keeping gloves

South Africa's one-day international (ODI) captain AB de Villiers has claimed he is looking forward the chance to lead the team against New Zealand without the extra pressure of keeping wickets.

De Villiers said he has always felt a bit rushed trying to captain the side and keep wicket, adding he will probably stand at mid-off and be able to communicate with his bowlers a lot better as well as get a better perspective of the game.

De Villiers had been in charge of the one-day team since 2011 and had conducted affairs in all 13 of those matches from behind the wicket, Sport24 reports.

Quinton de Kock, the 20-year-old Highveld Lion star, would now take over the gloves in the first of three ODIs against New Zealand, starting on Saturday at Paarl.

De Villiers also acknowledged the ODI team had not been consistent, winning nine of the 13 matches under his watch. (ANI)

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