Champions Trophy 2017: AB de Villiers says he is 'pretty desperate' to win tournament

IANS, May, 29 2017
Champions Trophy 2017: AB de Villiers says he is 'pretty desperate' to win tournament

Headingley: South Africa One-Day International (ODI) skipper AB de Villiers on Thursday said he is desperate to win the ICC Champions Trophy and that the Proteas are a very good team this time.

"I haven't won one of these trophies in my career, so I'm pretty desperate to win one, and we'll do anything we can to get out on top," De Villiers was quoted as saying by www.ecb.co.uk.

"We know these tournaments are very competitive — there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it. But we do think we've got a very good squad here. I've got a good feeling about this one," he added.

File Photo of AB De Villiers. REUTERS

South Africa will take part in a three-match Royal London ODI Series against England starting at Headingley next Wednesday.

"It's a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament," de Villiers said after the Proteas had their first practice in Hove.

"But first things first, we want to win the series against England, a team that's been playing very good one-day cricket in their own country. They've done really well to come back from the 2015 World Cup. They're obviously a very talented bunch, and they've earned a lot of respect.

"They will be one of the favourites for the Champions Trophy definitely, but quite a few teams standout — India won the last Champions Trophy, and the Aussies are always a team to look out for," he added.

Taking a break from Test cricket, the explosive right-hander who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League, had an elbow operation last autumn but returned for South Africa's white-ball matches in New Zealand earlier this year.

"I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a whole," he said.

"It was a poor IPL for us, but that's long gone now. I'm very excited to be back with the South Africa team. I had a good net session this morning — I faced Imran Tahir, and he's certainly stepped up his game a bit.

"I'm feeling fresh, feeling 100%, and looking forward to playing this series and then the tournament," he added.

Published Date: May 19, 2017 | Updated Date: May 29, 2017


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115