South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said that he was desperate to win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy as they have a very good team this time.
De Villiers said “I haven’t won one of these trophies in my career, so I am pretty desperate to win one, and we will do anything we can to get out on top. We know these tournaments are very competitive – there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it. But we do think we’ve got a very good squad here. I have got a good feeling about this one.”
The ICC Champions Trophy will start from June 7th; South Africa will take part in a three-match Royal London ODI Series against England.
After their first practice match in Hova, De Villiers said “It is a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament. But first things first, we want to win the series against England, a team that has been playing very good one-day cricket in their own country. They have done really well to come back from the 2015 World Cup.”
“They are obviously a very talented bunch, and they have earned a lot of respect. They will be one of the favourites for the Champions Trophy definitely, but quite a few teams standout – India won the last Champions Trophy, and the Aussies are always a team to look out for.”
De Villiers, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League, returned for South Africa to play ICC Champions Trophy.
Villiers said about returning from IPL franchise RCB to home team South Africa, “I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a while. It was a poor IPL for us, but that is long gone now.”
“I am very excited to be back with the South Africa team. I had a good net session this morning – I faced Imran Tahir, and he has certainly stepped up his game a bit. I am feeling fresh, feeling 100 per cent, and looking forward to playing this series and then the tournament.”