AB de Villiers is confident South Africa could beat England in the Champions Trophy
The Proteas launch their campaign at The Oval tomorrow off the back of a 2-1 series defeat by Eoin Morgan’s men.
But De Villiers fired a warning shot in England’s direction insisting he is confident of victory should the two sides meet for a fourth time in the ICC event in either the semi-final or the final on June 18.
“It [the ODI series] was definitely a warm-up for us. And it was a bit of a Catch 22 to get that right message across to the boys. Maybe it was maybe a bit confusing [for them] at times,” he said.
“If you do go into a series thinking that you want to play all 15 players, you’re not really focusing on just winning that series because your mind is a little bit elsewhere.
England beat South Africa 2-1 in their Champions Trophy warm-up series
“But I think we peaked really well throughout that series and ended up looking back thinking that, you know what, we actually could have won that series easily, which is a great boost of confidence for us.”
South Africa will be confident of starting with victory today against a Sri Lanka side who they whitewashed 5-0 at home this year and likely to be missing Angelo Mathews who is struggling with a calf injury.
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One plus is that veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga returns to the side for the first time since November.
Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval, 10.30am.
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