De Villiers fresh and ready to go
Despite a long and hectic summer in England, the South African captain is ready for fresh challenges
AB de Villiers is fresh despite a long tour of England.
South Africa Twenty20 captain AB de Villiers is looking forward to the final leg of his country's tour of England when the T20I series begins on Saturday.
The first of three matches takes place in Durham with the Proteas skipper aiming to end a successful trip - which included a Test series win and a shared ODI series - in style.
Limited-overs wicketkeeper De Villiers also took on the gloves in the Test matches after Mark Boucher sustained a career-ending eye injury in a warm-up match. That additional responsibility has not affected his form or enthusiasm heading towards the climax of the tour.
"I'm fresh and ready to go," he said. "I'm enjoying the game more than I ever have and I'm loving the challenge of the captaincy and the gloves in hand. It's keeping me on my toes and I believe that it brings out the best in me. I have a wonderful unit that I'm captaining, it's nice to see the guys playing well and I'm looking forward to what is going to be an exciting time."
Big-hitting opener Richard Levi and spinning all-rounder Johan Botha are likely to freshen up the South African line-up on the back of the 2-2 outcome of the ODI series.
De Villiers confirmed: "We have a few new faces joining us again, we need that after being here for a long time. We are very happy with the way we finished off in the ODIs after a disappointing couple of losses in the middle stage of the series. I thought the boys showed character and we'll take a bit of confidence and momentum from that."
Having arrived in England in early July there may be issues with fatigue for those players involved in all three formats, particularly with the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka following on immediately. De Villiers is of the opinion the shortest format of the game will help to reinvigorate the squad.
"T20s fly by at pace," he noted. "You can almost see the finish line which is a positive thing, even though we have been here for a while. Some of the guys may be a bit mentally fatigued but this format really energises you. "We're looking forward to a whole new setting in Sri Lanka as well, that new setup will energise the players so it's not too bad."