Desperate to win Champions Trophy, says South Africa skipper AB de Villiers

Despite having played

Despite having played

Stokes struck a maiden Twenty20 century while playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the Twenty20 IPL and also took 12 wickets during the tournament.

England will hope the Durham star can transfer that form into 50-over cricket, beginning with Wednesday s first ODI at Headingley.

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers says England's one day side have to be respected after coming back from rock bottom.

"A lot of guys lose their way in the IPL, and others find the next level in their game. Ben Stokes definitely lifted his game and I think it would have done him the world of good", de Villiers opined. The star batsman hasn't played a Test since featuring against England at the Centurion in January past year, but has played for the national team in the other formats of the game since then. "I faced (leg-spinner) Imran Tahir in the nets and he s certainly stepped his game up a bit, and come up with a few new deliveries, and so has everyone else who was there".

South Africa are now ranked number one in ODIs but will come up against an England team that have lost only one series at home, a 3-2 defeat to world champions Australia, since their 2015 World Cup debacle, when they were knocked out in the group stage.

"They did really well to come back from that", said De Villiers.

They arrived in Hove on Wednesday night for Friday's warm up game against Sussex and pose a real challenge for England being the world's no 1 ranked team in one-day cricket and beating them in South Africa past year.

"I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a whole", he added.

"We know these tournaments are very competitive - there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it".

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has once again insisted that he hasn't retired from Test cricket.

De Villiers, who captains South Africa in ODIs, returned from an elbow injury in January after missing the Test series against New Zealand in August past year, the three-Test tour of Australia in November and the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in December-January.

South Africa also take on England in three Twenty20 internationals and four Tests this summer, but De Villiers has ruled himself out of the Test series in order to rest.

The 33-year-old, who has not retired from the longer format, maintains that whatever happens between now and then will not change his mind.

Looking at the group, De Villiers said there were no easy games because of the quality of Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.

"If we play the type of cricket we have played in the past couple of years I believe that no one can stop us".

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