Play time is over for the Proteas in the Caribbean and now it’s down to business.
With the round-robin stage of the tri-series nearing its end after the Proteas’ match against Australia rained out on Sunday evening, AB de Villiers and his pals know that only a win is good enough to see them advance to the final when they face hosts, the West Indies, on Friday.
That’s of course if the Windies don’t beat Australia today to knock the men from Down Under out of the tournament.
South Africa’s focus, though, is on themselves, with De Villiers saying: “It was not the ideal situation for either of the teams [that the match against Australia rained out].
“We both wanted to play a good game of cricket, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way, that is part of the game. We will have to reassess and look forward to the next one on Friday.
“We have played quite a few close series in the past where we have had a few must-win games.
“In our last series against England we were 2-0 down with three to play and we won all three.
“We have been in this situation before, we enjoy these kind of situations, we like to bring the fight when it matters most.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to prove that we are that kind of team under pressure. I am looking forward to it.”
De Villiers was probably more disappointed than most that his 200th ODI match for the national team rained out.
Of the milestone, he adds: “Normally I’m not too fussed about these kinds of milestones. Yes it’s a nice milestone, it’s a way to wake up and look back at how lucky I have been over my career to play so many games and to be around for so long.
“It is a great honour to represent this country and to have played for so long. I am fortunate to be in this position and hopefully there will be a few more to enjoy and a few more victories.”