No burn-out fear for AB
South Africa captain AB de Villiers is confident the new challenge of Twenty20 cricket will ensure there is no danger of burn-out in his team after two months on tour in England.
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Like their hosts, South Africa will move on from three NatWest matches in five days - starting in Chester-le-Street on Saturday - to Sri Lanka next week for the ICC World Twenty20.
But De Villiers, an ever-present already in three Tests and a five-match NatWest Series of one-day internationals, believes the introduction of the sprint format will ensure there is a fresh energy in his squad.
"We've got a few new faces coming into the squad," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.
"We need that, a fresh look again, after being here for a long time."
South Africa, 2-0 victors in the Test series, levelled up at 2-2 in the ODIs with a thumping victory at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
"We were happy with the way we finished off that series, after a couple of very disappointing losses in a row in the middle," added De Villiers.
"The way the boys showed character was very nice, and we'll take a bit of confidence and momentum out of that."
As for South Africa's English and subcontinental odyssey, De Villiers is not complaining.
The tourists welcomed back frontline all-rounder Jacques Kallis, after his ODI sabbatical, among their Twenty20 reinforcements.
Captain De Villiers added: "The good thing is it's not so long any more.
"Twenty20s fly by. You can almost see the finish line now.
"Even though we've been here for a while, and some of the guys are mentally a bit tired, this format really energises you.
"We're very motivated to do well, in this series and the 'World Cup' coming up.
"The guys have played enough cricket in recent months, and are all ready to go. There is no one rusty."
De Villiers has much more to occupy him, on the field and off, than anyone else.
But he said: "I'm very fresh and ready to go.
"I'm enjoying the game more than I ever have, and loving this challenge of the captaincy, gloves and batting.
"It's keeping me busy, on my toes, and I believe it brings out the best in me."
He made it clear too that, irrespective of the switch of continents and climates, he will be concentrating on success here when it comes to picking his side in Sri Lanka.
"I'm a big believer, if a guy is playing well and has confidence, he'll do well pretty much anywhere," De Villiers said.
"The cricketers we want in our team are guys who can adapt to any situation or conditions.
"The guys who do well here will definitely be my first pick, going to Sri Lanka."