Skipper disappointed with soft dismissals


South Africa captain, AB de Villiers, has expressed disappointment at the nature of his batsmen's dismissals in their triangular series encounter with Australia.

De Villiers felt that too many batsmen, including himself, gave their wickets away as South Africa slumped from 140 for 1 to 252 all out to lose by 36 runs.

De Villiers said after the defeat: "Lots of our dismissals were soft dismissals tonight, including my own,

"Those things are bad decisions at the wrong time. It's not really something you can work on. It's just something we have to fix in the next game with a better mindset,

"The wicket played pretty well throughout the game. We've got no excuse, we just didn't bat well enough."

Faf du Plessis returned to the Protea's lineup and looked in good touch before he slashed at a wide one from Starc to be caught for 63.

Du Plessis shared his captain's views, saying: "We pretty much controlled the game in that second innings for about 80% of the time, with myself and Hashim and then myself and AB,

"To be honest, I thought that when myself and AB were batting it was pretty much in our hands. We felt in control.

"Obviously we knew Australia had to get wickets to get back in the game and they did that with some good bowling from Starcy at the tail-enders there. But I think we can point the finger straight back at ourselves – some pretty poor shots to give them wickets to get them back in the game."

Du Plessis pointed out that if you're going to be successful at this level one of your top batsman has to stand up and be counted, the Proteas will be concerned by their lack of a closer and must look to one of the three senior pros Amla, du Plessis or de Villiers to fulfill the role Virat Kohli does for India.

Du Plessis continued: "It's one guy saying 'I'm going to win the game today' and putting his hand up,

"If you look at the best players in the world, it's guys that can do that more consistently, someone like Virat Kohli at the moment who is winning a lot of games of cricket for his country. Today we had three batsmen – myself, Hashim and AB – who could have done that."

South Africa will be looking for a much bigger presence from their top batsmen, when they face the West Indies on June 15 at Warner Park.