AB: We didn’t adapt well enough

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South Africa's stand-in T20 captain AB de Villiers said his side did not adapt well enough to the conditions as they slipped to a defeat in the second match of the series against New Zealand on Sunday.

The Proteas lost by 32 runs in Centurion as the Black Caps leveled the two-match series after the hosts won the first match in Durban on Friday.

De Villiers, who WAS captaining the side in place of the injured Faf du Plessis, said after the game that the Proteas, or any local side, would not usually be playing cricket in August in South Africa.

The regular ODI skipper, De Villiers said: "It wasn't the perfect wicket that I have played on at SuperSport Park but you need to adapt and we didn't adapt well enough.

"It's a little bit early to play cricket in South Africa but it's an opportunity and a challenge to test ourselves and to ask: can we think on our feet, are we smart enough as a cricket team to turn games like this around and to actually win them?

"We are not there yet but we will try and figure that out in the ODIs."

De Villiers though is not to downbeat after the defeat, saying that the Proteas are still on track in their preparations for the World T20 next year in India.

The Proteas beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh last month while they have also introduced new players like legspinner Eddie Leie into international cricket, while 20 year-old fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has continued his development.

De Villiers continued: "From a players point of view, I feel we have covered the bases. We went to Bangladesh and won 2-nil there which was massive – everyone knows Bangladesh are playing great cricket at the moment and that's where we are going to play the World T20 as well in sub [continental] conditions,

"Some new guys got a chance like Eddie Leie, who got to bowl again and Kagiso Rabada, who was able to keep building on what he has been doing."

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