AB De Villiers confident South Africa can end losing run at Durban against India
AB De Villiers is at a loss to explain South Africa's dismal record in Durban ahead of the second Test against India.
Last Updated: 24/12/13 1:38pm
The Proteas have not tasted victory at Kingsmead since beating the West Indies in 2008, losing four straight Tests against Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka.
"I am confused about Durban. I don't know what to expect," said the South Africa vice-captain. "I am just going to play it like I always play my cricket.
"I am going to take it one ball at a time and use my experience to adapt as quickly as I can. So will the whole team."
De Villiers believes the toss could be crucial to the outcome, with the wicket expected to favour the seamers over the early stages of the match.
"I think there will be a bit of movement on the first day. Batting first always seemed the better option in the past," he added.
"I don't expect as many cracks as there was at the Wanderers. It will probably be a bit more green, a bit firmer, and there may be a bit of turn towards the end of the test."
Durban-based paceman Kyle Abbott is likely to start for Graeme Smith's side in place of Morne Morkel, who damaged ankle ligaments during the thrilling draw in the Johannesburg opener.
Imran Tahir could miss out after the India batsmen milked him for five runs per over at the Wanderers, although the spinner's performance was defended by De Villiers.
"Immi has bowled really well in the last few months. He didn't have a great game at the Wanderers but that is part of sport. We know what he is capable of," De Villiers said.
"It's always tempting to get Immi into your starting XI, even if you play on a road. Even on glass, he can get you wickets.
"He seems to run through the tail easily. It's a tough decision to make. We lacked control at the Wanderers, not just from Immi, from all the bowlers."
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