South Africa batsmen look to AB de Villiers for tips to tackle spinners

Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 10:47 IST | PTI

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris yesterday conceded that the whole team is under tremendous pressure ahead of the "do or die" fourth ODI, as a dominant India eye a first-ever series win here today

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris yesterday conceded that the whole team is under tremendous pressure ahead of the "do or die" fourth ODI, as a dominant India eye a first-ever series win here today.

The Men in Blue have a 3-0 lead in the six-match series and will become the first visiting side to beat the Proteas in ODIs at home since 2013, if they achieve this milestone. "It's do or die for us now. It's natural pressure. If we lose one more, that's the series gone," Morris said on the eve of the match. "So, we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there. So a lot of pressure but what's cricket without pressure? It's boring."

South Africa have had a huge boost ahead of this fourth ODI with star batsman AB de Villiers returning to the fold. He batted fluently in the nets yesterday and is sure to play the game with either one of David Miller or Khaya Zondo missing out. "AB is good to go. As far as I know, AB is playing tomorrow. He has always got inputs - doesn't matter if it's spin, seam, behind the back. It doesn't matter what inputs he's got, it's always good.

"I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options. When AB talks you listen because it's always helpful."

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