Monday, 25 June, 2018

AB de Villiers leaves England tour to decide on global future

Eoin Morgan's decision to play young Liam Livingstone ahead of him in a series decider drew criticism from many quarters Eoin Morgan's decision to play young Liam Livingstone ahead of him in a series decider drew criticism from many quarters
Johnnie Parks | 28 June, 2017, 04:49

Dawid Malan's 78 from 44 balls - the highest score by an England player on T20 debut - was the bedrock of England's 181 for eight at the SSE Swalec Stadium.

Jos Buttler, standing in as captain for the rested Eoin Morgan, paid tribute to Malan's knock, while also praising the character of 20-year-old leg-spinner Mason Crane (1-38), who came in for some punishment at the hands of AB de Villiers before snaring the South Africa captain for his first worldwide wicket.

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The left-handers' innings contained 12 fours and two sixes. Yet that was the moment for Malan to join Hales and let rip into the South Africa bowling attack.

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"Some young guns showed that they can play the game, Manga (Mangaliso Mosehle) towards the end and Andile (Phehlukwayo) batted superbly well", said De Villiers. South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: "We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires".

"Dawid was fantastic on debut". But from 166 for three, England lost its next five wickets for 14 runs.

And he wants his innings to be the start of a "late-blooming" career reminiscent of his Middlesex team-mate, Adam Voges, who didn't play Test cricket for Australia until he was 35 but ended up averaging 61.

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South Africa opted to field first on winning the toss.

England captain Eoin Morgan reckoned Curran had got quicker to face and the bowler himself said he was reaping the rewards of some hard work in the off-season."Coming out of school I've had my first couple of summers with Surrey", he said.

[Easy to settle in?] The first few balls I wasn't, when the nerves have gone it's a lot easier but to play for your country is a fantastic achievement. You look at some of these guys playing Twenty20 cricket around the world, they're 38, 39, 40.

"I was impressed with Tom again", Buttler said. He bowled well at Taunton and he knows his game very well, as does Liam Plunkett.

Mason Crane, back in the side after making his debut in Southampton, survived an early assault at the hands of AB de Villiers in a display that hinted at a wonderfully calm temperament.

There is no replacement for De Villiers in the South African circuit right now.

Ahead of the T20I series against the Proteas, Morgan told the European Central Bank website: "You'll see everybody play at least one game - this is an opportunity to give people a chance and see what they can do on the worldwide stage".

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