Proteas are wary of England bowlers

ENGLAND have a very talented bowling attack, which will pose a challenge for South Africa.

ENGLAND have a very talented bowling attack, which will pose a challenge for South Africa.

That was the message from one of South Africa's top batsmen, AB de Villiers, as the Proteas got stuck into preparations for the five one-day internationals against England, starting at the Wanderers on Friday.

"The likes of (Stuart) Broad, (Jimmy) Anderson - there are quite a few good bowlers there," said De Villiers.

"But our batsmen are aware of that, and we've analysed them pretty well. We've also played a lot of games against them in the past two years, so we know all about them and we're going to have to play very well. It's a big challenge for our batsmen."

De Villiers said the Proteas had been somewhat puzzled that specialist leg-spin bowler Adil Rashid was taken off after only one over in the second Standard Bank Pro20 match in Centurion on Sunday.

South Africa scored the second-highest total in international T20 history, and convincingly beat England by 84 runs.

De Villiers has been given extra responsibility by being moved up the order to bat at number three in ODIs. He welcomed the additional responsibility, but said he would not be changing his approach.

"Mickey (Arthur) asked me to play the same game," he said.

"Obviously I'm going to get different conditions and different challenges, coming in at different times, but that's what a professional should do." - Sapa

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