LONDON: South Africa captain AB de Villiers wants the Twenty20 series against England to help ease the Proteas’ wounds after his early departure from the Champions Trophy.
The men of De Villiers have not left the international tournament groups stage of a day eight teams, their fate was sealed by a defeat hit by India in the oval.
England was also defeated in their quest for the Champions Trophy glory with a defeat in the semifinals by eventual champions Pakistan.
Now England and South Africa meet in a Twenty20 series in three Southampton games on Wednesday.
Captain De Villiers was questioned in the Champions Trophy but is now ready to lead the match at the 2019 World Cup in England.
“I am very happy to play in the three T20 was difficult few days after being eliminated from the Champions Trophy,” De Villiers said in Southampton on Tuesday.
“It’s never easy, but I’ve always been the kind of person to see the positives and see the opportunity to improve these three games and give me this opportunity as a player and as a captain.
“I think I do not have to prove anything, I just want to play, I feel like a young start to my career. I just want to get a few more races and ride this side a couple of victories.
“We have learned a lot when it comes to playing cricket here (in England).” Pakistan has surprised us by the way they control the limitations of the environment.We have taken cricket things, but also the mental point of view.
“It shows that everyone can get by at the end of the day. We made some mental notes and all kinds of efforts to get back in 2019, I hope I’m going to do some of that, it’s a part of the plan.”
De Villiers, a star in all three formats, decided to pass the South Africa test series in England after the Twenty20 matches.
Villiers player, 33, who will play again in Pretoria T20 World League South Africa, appeared in numerous eighty twenty leagues from around the world, including the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.
But he still sees a future for Twenty20 international in an increasingly tight global schedule.
“It’s important that the CPI (International Cricket Council) and these franchise events to get the right balance in the future so that players know where they go with their careers,” said Villiers.
“The franchise cricket is important, it played an important role in my career, the IPL has completely changed my life.” It increased my ability as a player, getting used to different conditions and playing with some of my heroes. We now have a home competition in South Africa great for our cricket and I’m excited.
“There is a place for these tournaments and it is the great advice to make the right decisions.
“I never chose and chose my games, which ensures that I’m at my best in 2019 for the World Cup.
“This is the main objective, of course, there are some steps to get there.”