AB de Villiers was a happy man after his side levelled the five-match ODI series in Perth on Sunday.
De Villiers was pleased with the performance in the field and singled out Morne Morkel’s man of the match performance after he was given the responsibility of taking the new ball.
‘I felt the guys were calm to start with and recognised the key moments,’ said the skipper. ‘I’m very happy for Morne Morkel. Behardien also really played his role today.’
‘I’m a little angry with myself for getting out,’ said De Villiers of his own performance. ‘Those totals are always tricky to chase. I like to be positive when I come into situations and I love to finish games.’
Australia’s captain George Bailey lamented the lack of runs posted by the top order. He said it was due to a combination of good bowling from South Africa and poor batting from Australia, adding that many of his batsmen could not say they had got out to great deliveries.
Morne Morkel was the man who built the pressure mentioned by Bailey with his express pace and alarming bounce. He said that it’s a performance he will remember fondly.
‘To start well was important, in that first over,’ said the big quick.
‘To take a five-for against this quality line-up is going into the memory bank for me.’