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De Villiers can see English frailty but Cook is unfazed

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/01/2016

South African Captain AB De Villiers
South African Captain AB De Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers lit a fire under the fourth Test in Centurion, which begins today, suggesting there was a pace problem among England's seamers and fragility in their batting.

England skipper Alastair Cook, responding to suggestions that De Villiers was referring to the country's record wicket-taker when he mentioned diminishing speeds, said: "It's a brave man to call Jimmy Anderson out but it spices it up a little bit, doesn't it?"

De Villiers, whose side are 2-0 down, did not name anybody specifically, but with World No.1 Stuart Broad demolishing the Proteas with six for 17 in the second innings at Johannesburg and both Steven Finn and Ben Stokes topping 90mph at times, Anderson appeared the likeliest target.

De Villiers said: "There's no hiding the fact England know what they are doing, but there are weaknesses there. Their bowling is experienced but some of the guys have lost some pace over the years. The batting is not 100 per cent, there are areas we can expose."

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