Du Plessis backs `x-factor` De Villiers to bat at top order

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Johannesburg, Feb.19 (ANI): South Africa Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has described AB de Villiers as an ‘x-factor’ player and backed the star batsman to bat at the top of the order in next month’s World T20 in India.

The swashbuckling batsman opened the batting in last year’s T20 series against Bangladesh and India and had batted at three at home to New Zealand last August.

The skipper confirmed that De Villiers will be used at the top of the order for the upcoming T20 pinnacle event as he had been batting up at the top for the last three series, Sport24 reported.

Du Plessis further said that his side are backing De Villiers in the top order batting role as he could take the game away on any given day.

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South Africa will play the opening game of the two-match T20 series against England on Friday at Newlands. (ANI)

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