Sri Lanka will ‘definitely fight back’ in Boxing Day Test: De Villiers

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2011, 12:56 PM IST

Durban: South Africa should not take Sri Lanka lightly during the Kingsmead Test, Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has said.

His statement comes in the wake of Sri Lanka still smarting from its innings and 81 run defeat in the first Test at the Centurion in Johannesburg.

De Villiers pointed out that the Sri Lankan side includes world-class players like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who can challenge South Africa in the second Test.

“I think they will definitely fight back. They have world-class players and they won’t go down without a fight. We will be up for that,” De Villiers said.

He said South Africa, which has lost its past three Tests at Kingsmead, would try to make amends.

"We haven`t been playing good cricket here (Kingsmead) of late. We want to turn that around and win a few games here, and win this Test match. It`s something that we have talked about," De Villiers said.

South African batsman Ashwell Prince blamed complacency for their defeat in their last three Tests at Kingsmead.

"We`ve had a few opportunities in the last few series to put them away and for some reason or other we haven`t been able to do that. Perhaps there has been a bit of complacency when we have been in good positions," Prince said.

"But we have another opportunity and hopefully we can kill it off before we go to Newlands," he added.