Auckland: AB de Villiers, the South Africa limited-overs captain, has said the team has started to respond to his style of captaincy, as was evident from South Africa's 3-0 trouncing of New Zealand in the one-day series. de Villiers took over the ODI captaincy from Graeme Smith, who is still the Test captain, after the 2011 World Cup, and has led the side to six victories in eight games.
"I like to think that I have my own style of captaincy that's a bit different to Biff's [Smith's]," de Villiers said after South Africa won the third ODI, in Auckland. "I still believe he is an unbelievable captain, but hopefully my style is taking off a bit and the team is getting used to how I do things."
De Villiers also said he believed the ODI team was as good as the Test side despite being less experienced. "I wouldn't say our best format is Tests. Our limited-overs side is less experienced but it's got good energy and is improving quickly. The Test side is a settled side with street-smart cricketers. Both sides are strong in different areas but both try to play a similar brand and quality of cricket."