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We did not play good enough: AB de Villiers

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers offered no excuses


South Africa skipper AB de Villiers offered no excuses for Wednesday’s crushing defeat against England and simply blamed their elimination from the Champions Trophy on below par performance.

South Africa continued to live with the tag of chokers in the ICC events as they failed to defend a modest 175 after their top and middle batting order collapsed.

De Villiers said his bowlers tried hard but could not do much as the wicket had probably eased out later on.
England skipper Alastair Cook was delighted with the superb show by his side.

“We tried everything with the ball but it got pretty flat in the afternoon. There`s no excuses. We had the talent to win this tournament. We just didn`t play well enough,” de Villiers said after his side lost the semifinal by seven wickets.

The South African captain said he faced a selection dilemma ahead of the crucial match and in the hind sight felt Alviro Petersen`s presence in the batting order could have made some difference.

“It was the hardest team selection I`ve had. Alviro would have been great in the team but we backed Hashim and Colin. I`m especially proud of David Miller and Rory, they kept fighting to the end and that`s what I expect from our guys,” he said.

The Proteas captain also refused to blame conditions or losing toss for defeat.

“The toss wasn`t that important. It didn`t really do that much but England got their plans spot on. Under pressure from the word go, we just weren`t good enough,” de Villiers said.
“That`s the performance you want in a semi-final. Jimmy was outstanding which was fantastic. The other guys back him up, especially tricky Tredders. To win any tournament you need everyone to fire and we`ve got that so far,” Cook said.

Tredwell was adjudged Man-of-the-Match

England spinner Tredwell, who took three wickets, was adjudged Man-of-the-Match.

It is second time that England have qualified for the Champions Trophy final. The last time they featured in the final was in 2004. That time also they had hosted the event and ended runners-up to the West Indies.

England will now play the winner of Thursday`s semifinal between World Champions India and Sri Lanka in the summit clash on June 23 at Birmingham.



  1. Demand Whitewash

  2. India will need to beat Nz in Tuesday’s tri-series opener in Dambulla when they like to

    stay,…….. in second place within the ICC ODI team ratings

    but when India manages to lose,………… they’ll be dislodged through the Kiwis,…

    in the second place ,………………however the Black Caps will need to beat Sri Lanka in the next match to cling onto the positioning up for grabs.

    India, who’ve 118 points before first kiwi ODI,………. can strengthen their second position whether it wins Its matches (oddly enough).

    However, India’s failure to win just one ODI in Dambulla,…………. means that they’ll DROP TO sixth position on 111 rankings points.

    Sri Lanka may also rise to second position but for your,……., they must win all of their four league matches ……

    and hope Nz wins either in of these two ODIs against India.(WHICH Really HAPPENED In Fashion YESTERDAY)

    Australia are leading the chart with 132 points

    Meanwhile, within the ODI ratings for batsmen,…..

    Indian lucky skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (807) leads the area,……….

    but is just two points obvious of South Africa’s AB p Villiers.

    Dhoni will need to softball bat CONSISTANTLY OUTSTANDING to

    support the top position ,that is unlikely since his poor batting tachnique never gives an chance to

    stay and play lengthy innings in even ODI’s

    Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (seventh), Kumar Sangakkara (eleventh),

    canalso go greater within this tournament~

  3. He is the greatest fielder cricket has ever created, he’s the finest fielder based on many cricketers too (remember Clark’s choice of top 5 fielders ahead a T20 world cup ?)

    Its just that you’re not lucky enough to get see everything great efforts that will continue as impossibles holiday to a within the history, and later on

    THE Finest FIELDER

    And today, behind the wickets, unlucky to his die hard fans who just take his actions within the area, to overlook him within the area positions.

    Then also in route to become the finest wicket keeper batsman

    Lots of people hesitate to agree this since they’re not happy with the domination of Proteas in make sure within the ratings

    Anyway he’s the quickest keeper cricket has ever created

    Feel surprising, how some fools can title many others like Gillie or Kaluwitharane, who’re not even close to AB within the sports abilities, just how can they function as the quickest then ? The only real suggestion I’ve towards them is simply concept more proteas actions

    Therefore The Quickest And Many Sports WICKET KEEPER CRICKET HAS EVER Created .

    And eventually the most crucial Someone with all of these beautiful abilities within the area remains in the top ratings of both make sure odi Batsmen for a long time the very best batsman who plays unorthodox shots becomes the most amazing copy book shots playing batsman at the moment: unbelievable !


    And Also The LAST POINT the very best player meaning of spirit in the overall game, one with other gamers even of other nations

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