SA new-ball bowlers will 'come hard' at India batsmen: AB de Villiers

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Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:54 [IST]
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SA bowlers to 'come hard' at India

Johannesburg, Dec 2: South Africa captain AB de Villiers is ready to unleash his new-ball bowlers, who will "come hard" at India's top order batsmen in the One Day International series that starts here on December 5.

MS Dhoni-led side landed in Johannesburg today and will face the home team Thursday in the series opener. The three ODIs will be followed by a two-Test rubber.

Proteas' ODI captain De Villiers said they were looking to take three or four wickets with the new balls.

"We'll come hard at them and bowl with tremendous conviction is those first few overs. We want to take three or four wickets as soon as possible," De Villiers told the Beeld website.

The right-handed batsman feels the biggest threat for them is India's top-order.

"The biggest threat that India pose is with their top-order batsmen who can hit a lot of boundaries and accumulate runs quickly. We have to counter that by striking hard and early and get them on the back foot quickly with our pace attack.

"We'll have to protect the new ball well and try keep it in good condition for as long as possibly in order to get the most assistance from it," he said.

India's ODI team is on a roll this year, having won six straight series including the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.


Story first published:  Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:23 [IST]
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