Dubai: AB de Villiers on Monday expressed confidence that South Africa can rectify the problems which led to their defeat against Pakistan in the first Test last week.
Speaking ahead of the second Test starting here on Wednesday, the 29-year-old admitted South Africa were disappointed to lose by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi.
“The mood is good and we’ve moved on from the disappointing performance. Obviously we were hurt quite a bit after the Test. We haven’t played cricket like that in a long time and we were very, very disappointed,” De Villiers said after team practice.
“We’re finding ways to fix it and that’s the most important thing. We’ve looked at a few areas where we went wrong and we’re going to try and get it right,” said De Villiers.
“It’s a must-win game for us and we’re going in there with that attitude to win that game, we’re still the No. 1 team in the world and we are going to play like it.”
South Africa slumped to 249 and 232 against Pakistan’ spin-cum-pace attack and failed to stop their rivals from putting up a mammoth 442 for a comfortable win.
To add to South Africa’s batting problems, first Test centurion Hashim Amla may not be available for the second Test as the batsman returned home for the birth of his second child. Left-hander Dean Elgar is likely to replace Amla.
Pacer Dale Steyn, too, is doubtful after sustaining a hamstring injury. The team management is awaiting Steyn's medical report for clarity on the extent of the injury.
The medical report is expected in the next 24 hours. Steyn injured his right hamstring during practice on Sunday and did not participate in Monday's workout. (AFP)