AB de Villiers has urged South Africa to forget their troubled past
The Proteas captain, whose side play Pakistan at Edgbaston today with a place in the semi-finals at stake, conceded their poor record in global 50-over tournaments. Since victory in the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998 they have fallen at the semi-final stage no fewer than eight times.
But after an opening win over Sri Lanka, de Villiers has told his players to ignore their previous failures and focus on keeping their momentum.
“I wouldn’t say it’s part of team tactics or anything. It’s just an awareness of not thinking of the past or the future, as simple as that,” he said.
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“If we live in the past, there’s lots of scars that we can think of, lots of bad experiences. Some good ones, as well. And similarly, if you try and touch in the future, it’s something we can’t control as of yet.
“So it’s just wise to try and stay in the moment with what you’re confronted with at the very time. So that’s basically it. It’s pretty simple.”
South Africa are strong favourites to beat Pakistan in the tournament’s second and final day-nighter given a ragged performance from them against India.
Pakistan will make two changes from the first match Ahmed Shehzad and Wahab Riaz (ankle) out and Fakhar Zaman and Junaid Khan coming in.
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