South Africa did not make it out of the group stage of the eight-team Champions Trophy, their fate sealed with a thumping defeat by India at The Oval.
England too were undone in their quest for Champions Trophy glory with a semi-final defeat by eventual champions Pakistan.
Now England and South Africa meet in a three-match Twenty20 series, starting at Southampton on Wednesday.
De Villiers's captaincy was called into question during the Champions Trophy but now he is ready to lead the side at the 2019 World Cup in England.
"I'm very excited to play in the three T20s, it was a tough few days after being knocked out of the Champions Trophy," said de Villiers at Southampton on Tuesday.
"To go through that phase of reflecting and hearing some of the criticism. It is never easy but I have always been the kind of guy to see the positives and see opportunity to improve and these three matches give me that opportunity as a player and a captain.
"I don't feel I have to prove anything; I just want to play, I feel like a youngster starting my career. I just want to score some runs again and captain this side to a couple of wins.
"We learnt a lot of things when it comes to playing cricket here (in England). Pakistan surprised all of us how they controlled the middle overs. We have taken some cricket things out of it but also from the mental point of view.
In the three-match ODI series prior to the Champions Trophy, South Africa lost 1-2.
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England: Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler(w), Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood
South Africa: AB de Villiers(c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, JJ Smuts, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi
Commentary (England innings)
Man of the Match, Jonny Bairstow (On his earlier injury) Says he was a bit short of breath, nothing more. Is pretty pleased with his progress as he has the shots now which he didn't 18 months ago. States he and his team just want to be the best they can be and be clinical as they don't want to leave it on anyone else. Credits the bowlers as they took wickets upfront first and then the spinners did the job later. Mentions they play the game to win, so it's enjoyable. (When asked about the wicket at Taunton) Reckons it should be a good high scoring pitch, so everyone's really excited to go there.
Eoin Morgan says that they were excellent today. They put South Africa on the back foot early on as the Protea batsmen came hard at them. Applauds the spinners, who went on with their business and kept things tight for them. Says his bowlers did well against the opposition batsmen and also used the longer sides of the ground well to their benefit. On Mason Crane, he says that he knows he has the skill and they have been keeping an eye on him for a while. Adds that the whole squad's mentality is strong and not just of the playing XI and it was seen in U.A.E. when they shuffled their XI but didn't let go off the momentum. Praises Jason Roy with a big smile on his face. Says that he gives the team a flying start and puts the opposition under pressure. He is full of praises for Jonny Bairtsow and mentions that he is hungry for runs and never lets his team down.
AB de Villiers says the first ball he faced, despite being 1 or 2 wickets down, it was easy to use the pace of the ball. Adds England bowled really well with the new ball so credit to them. States after the 13th over, he and Behardien tried to go big, wanted something like 10 runs an over but couldn't do it. Continues saying a couple of overs while bowling in the first 6 didn't go their way despite starting well. Feels he's not sure what would have done differently and says that it just didn't go their way. (On areas to improve) Says he could hear the crowd getting behind the home team, so it's a test of mental strength, and states that skill level is essential because you have to hit the right areas more consistently as that's what makes the difference in the end.
Eoin Morgan's men lost just 1 wicket in the entire innings. Jason Roy, who got off to a blazing start, threw it again but he was the only one. Jonny Bairstow (who scored a brisk fifty) walked in to join Alex Hales (who just missed out on his fifty) and the unbeaten 98-run stand between them saw the hosts inflict the second biggest defeat on South Africa in T20Is in terms of balls remaining. A day to forget for AB de Villiers and his men.
A decimating win for England, even more impressive considering they lost the toss to begin with. They started off by bowling really well. Didn't get many wickets but managed to choke the Proteas for runs, with the spinners standing out today. The Englishmen restricted South Africa for just 142 and when they came out to chase, made a mockery of it.
14.3 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, That will do it for England, they take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series! A touch ahead of a length outside off, Bairstow looks to push it on the off side, gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball rolls on the off side beside the pitch and Hales takes off for a quick single and completes it as well. Then pumps his fist in delight as ENGLAND WIN BY 9 WICKETS! 143/1
14.2 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, Banged in short outside off, JB lets it sail through to the keeper. 142/1
14.1 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, FOUR! Bairstow is in golden form! Short ball around off. There isn't much room on offer and Bairstow gets under it, watches the ball till the last moment and ramps it over the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. England just a run away from the victory. 142/1
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl again.
13.6 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Served full around off, milked down to long off for a single. 138/1
13.5 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Full outside off, lofted over extra cover. The long off fielder cuts it off and keeps it down to a brace. 137/1
13.4 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Beaten! Quicker one, sliding away, Bairstow swings his bat but misses. 135/1
2nd T20I fifty for Jonny Bairstow!
13.3 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, FOUR! What a way to get the fifty! Full around off, Bairstow makes room and goes inside out through the covers for a boundary. Reaches his half century in only 29 balls. 135/1
13.2 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 131/1
13.1 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Bairstow works it through square leg. He is quick and comes back for the second. The bad bounce in front of the keeper from the throw in the deep makes things easy for him. 131/1
Jonny Bairstow seems to be struggling with something. He's knelt down on the floor and called the physio out. Maybe he's had a cramp. Gets some fluids now, wipes his sweat off and is ready to continue.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back.
12.6 I Tahir to A Hales, SIX! Bang! Hales makes full use of the life. Flatter delivery around off, Hales dances down and smashes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Now, only 14 runs needed for England to win. 129/1
12.5 I Tahir to A Hales, DROPPED AND FOUR! Tossed up outside off, Hales clears his front leg and tonks the ball high in the sky over mid on. Gets the elevation but doesn't get the distance and Behardien in the deep, sets himself up underneath it but makes a mess of the catch. The ball drops and rolls to the fence to make the matters worse. 123/1
12.4 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Full on middle and leg, pushed gently on the off side for a single. 119/1
12.3 I Tahir to A Hales, Another leg spinner on the shorter side, punched to extra cover for a single. 118/1
12.2 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Another shortish delivery, cut to sweeper cover for a single. 117/1
12.1 I Tahir to J Bairstow, FOUR! Tahir starts off with a shortish delivery, Bairstow goes back and punches it through covers. Phehlukwayo in the deep, covers good ground to his right, dives to cut it off but ends up parrying it back to the ropes. 116/1
Imran Tahir comes back on.
11.6 D Pretorius to A Hales, Shortish delivery outside off, chopped in the point region where Parnell makes a superb, diving stop to his right. 112/1
11.5 D Pretorius to A Hales, Length delivery around off, defended back to the bowler. 112/1
11.4 D Pretorius to J Bairstow, Angling into the batsman, worked down the leg side for a single. 112/1
11.3 D Pretorius to J Bairstow, FOUR! Innovative! Short and angling in, Bairstow shuffles across a touch, gets under the ball and helps it over short fine leg for a boundary. He is scoring at a brisk rate. 111/1
11.2 D Pretorius to A Hales, Length delivery outside off, dabbed past point for a single. 107/1
11.1 D Pretorius to A Hales, Short outside off, pulled through wide mid on for a brace. 106/1
10.6 JJ Smuts to J Bairstow, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. Dot ball to end the over. 104/1
10.5 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Full on the stumps, driven to long on for a single. 104/1
10.4 JJ Smuts to J Bairstow, Just eases this to long off and gets off strike. 103/1
10.3 JJ Smuts to J Bairstow, FOUR! That's a beautiful shot from Jonny Bairstow. He gets into position early and reverse sweeps this tossed delivery through backward point. Phehlukwayo out in the deep runs to his left and dives, but goes over the ball and lets the ball through. Boundary. 102/1
10.2 JJ Smuts to J Bairstow, Full and straight on the stumps, Bairstow prods forward and blocks. 98/1
10.1 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Sliding down leg, Hales goes deep inside his crease to work it across the line but it goes off his pads through the vacant slip position for a leg bye. 98/1
JJ Smuts returns to the attack.
9.6 D Pretorius to A Hales, Back of a length delivery, angling in, Hales clears his front leg and pulls it through mid-wicket for a run. 97/1
9.5 D Pretorius to A Hales, FOUR! Slower one on the shorter side, outside off. Hales picks that up and looks to cut it hard. Ends up slicing it over the gap between backward point and short third man. The ball races to the fence for another boundary. 50-run stand is also up between Hales and Bairstow! 96/1
9.4 D Pretorius to J Bairstow, Back of a length delivery outside off, dabbed behind stumps on the off side for a quick single. 92/1
9.3 D Pretorius to A Hales, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 91/1
9.2 D Pretorius to J Bairstow, Fullish delivery, angling in, flicked to mid-wicket for a run. 90/1
9.2 D Pretorius to J Bairstow, Wide! Down the leg side, Bairstow misses his flick and a wide is signalled. 89/1
9.1 D Pretorius to A Hales, Length delivery, angling in, tucked behind square on the leg side. Till the time the fielder in the deep cuts it off, the batsmen pick up three. 88/1
8.6 T Shamsi to A Hales, Hales whips it through mid-wicket for a single to retain the strike. 85/1
8.5 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Around leg, driven through mid on for a single. 84/1
8.4 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, SIX! Downtown! Served full around off, Bairstow clears his front leg and lofts it straight down the ground over long off for a maximum. They are cruising through this chase. 83/1
8.3 T Shamsi to A Hales, Shamsi goes wide outside off this time and Hales punches it through covers with ease. A single taken. 77/1
8.2 T Shamsi to A Hales, Pitched outside leg again. Once again Hales fails to put it away and gets rapped on the middle of the front pad. 76/1
8.1 T Shamsi to A Hales, Shout for lbw, turned down! Served outside leg, spinning down leg as well. Hales looks to play across the line but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Shamsi and co appeal but it's turned down for the obvious reasons. 76/1
7.6 I Tahir to A Hales, Sliding into the batsman, Hales punches it past the bowler to long on for a run. 76/1
7.5 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Bairstow eases it down to long for a single. 75/1
7.4 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Sensible stuff! Googly outside off, pushed through extra cover for a brace. 74/1
7.3 I Tahir to J Bairstow, SIX! Over the ropes! Full around middle and leg, Bairstow clears his front leg and clobbers it over mid-wicket for a maximum. The English batters are not letting any bowler to settle in. 72/1
7.2 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Tahir fires it in, defended to mid-wicket. 66/1
7.1 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Tossed up on middle, Bairstow sweeps it on the full through backward square leg for a couple. 66/1
6.6 T Shamsi to A Hales, Quicker delivery on middle and leg, punched down the track. The bowler does well to stop it, diving to his right. 64/1
6.5 T Shamsi to A Hales, Wrong one from Shamsi, Hales looks to play it on the off side but misses. 64/1
6.4 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Short delivery, Bairstow latches onto it in a flash and pulls it hard through square leg. There's protection out there and so only a single is taken. 64/1
6.3 T Shamsi to A Hales, Served outside leg, Hales prods forward and turns it behind square leg for a single. 63/1
6.2 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Sliding away from Bairstow, punched through point for a single. 62/1
6.1 T Shamsi to J Bairstow, Served on middle, straightening a touch, worked through wide mid on for a couple. 61/1
Tabraiz Shamsi is introduced. Can he scalp a wicket here?
5.6 I Tahir to A Hales, Hales is early in his push and almost lobs it back to the bowler. Luckily, the ball falls just short of Tahir. England once again have a superb Powerplay. 59/1
5.5 I Tahir to J Bairstow, Full outside off, eased down to long off for a single. 59/1
5.4 I Tahir to A Hales, Served in the line of the stumps, driven to long on for a single. 58/1
5.3 I Tahir to A Hales, Hales makes room and punches it to extra cover. 57/1
5.2 I Tahir to A Hales, SIX! This time he connects! Full in the line of the stumps, Hales kneels down and slog sweeps it over the cow corner for a maximum. He is ticking along nicely. 57/1
5.1 I Tahir to A Hales, Hales has missed out on a freebie! Tahir bowls a full toss, Hales goes hard at it but gets an outside edge to short third man. 51/1
Imran Tahir into the attack.
4.6 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, Banged in short outside off, JB leaves it alone. 51/1
4.5 A Phehlukwayo to A Hales, Length delivery, nips back in, tucked on the leg side for a single. 51/1
4.4 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, Short delivery, angling in, pulled to deep backward square leg for a single. 50 up for England! 50/1
4.3 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, FOUR! Well-placed! Slightly back of a length outside off, Bairstow cuts it past backward point. Beats third man and gets off the mark with a boundary. 49/1
4.2 A Phehlukwayo to J Bairstow, Length delivery outside off, defended on the off side. 45/1
Jonny Bairstow walks into the middle next.
4.1 A Phehlukwayo to J Roy, OUT! Phehlukwayo strikes with his first ball! The dangerous Roy departs, and only he is to be blame for that. After playing some good orthodox cricketing shots in the previous over for runs, he looks to reverse sweep the fuller length delivery. Misses and is rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his dreaded finger. The English opener will be livid with himself after seeing this and his skipper would be even more frustrated. 45/1
Andile Phehlukwayo comes into the bowling attack.
3.6 W Parnell to J Roy, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 23 runs from the over! 45/0
3.5 W Parnell to J Roy, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries! He is taking Parnell to all parts of the ground. Back of a length delivery, slanting away, punched through cover-point for a boundary. Where was this Roy in recent times? 44/0
3.4 W Parnell to J Roy, FOUR! Another one goes to the fence! What a start this from Roy! Length delivery on leg, flicked past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. 40/0
3.3 W Parnell to J Roy, FOUR! Gets lucky slightly. Parnell bowls a good bumper, Roy is taken by surprise a touch. Looks to hook it away but gets a top edge and the ball runs over the keeper's head and to the fence behind. 36/0
3.2 W Parnell to J Roy, SIX! Boom! This is a different Roy which we are seeing. He steps down the track and hoists the length ball over long on for a maximum. 32/0
3.1 W Parnell to J Roy, Four leg byes! Back of a length delivery around leg. Roy looks to pull it down the leg side but misses. The ball brushes the thigh pad and runs fine past the keeper and to the fine leg fence. 26/0
2.6 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Clears the infield by just! Full outside off, Hales clears his front leg and looks to tonk it on the off side but ends up slicing it over extra cover for a brace. 22/0
2.5 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 20/0
2.4 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Angling into the batsman, worked on the leg side for a single. 20/0
2.3 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Almost gives his wicket away the next ball. Makes room and goes hard at the ball but mistimes it back to the bowler. 19/0
2.2 JJ Smuts to J Roy, SIX! What a shot! Incredible! Smuts darts it in, Roy kneels down and slog sweeps it over backward square leg for a huge biggie. This will boost his confidence. 19/0
2.1 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Sliding into the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single. 13/0
1.6 W Parnell to A Hales, Leg bye! Straying on the pads, Alex fails to flick it away and the ball deflects off the pads on the leg side. A leg bye is taken. 12/0
1.5 W Parnell to A Hales, Hales shimmies again and squeezes the slower one through point for a brace. 11/0
1.4 W Parnell to A Hales, Hales shimmies in his crease, trying to get Parnell off his line and length. The left-armer is up for the task and bowls a back of a length delivery, slanting away. Alex can only manage to glide it to short third man. 9/0
1.3 W Parnell to A Hales, Hales stays leg sidish again and drives the fuller delivery to mid off. 9/0
1.2 W Parnell to A Hales, Full around leg, pushed to mid on. 9/0
1.1 W Parnell to A Hales, FOUR! Pulled away! Short and angling away, Hales pulls it over mid-wicket off the front foot with authority. Beats the man in the deep there and gets a boundary. 9/0
1.1 W Parnell to A Hales, Wide! Parnell off to a false start. Fails to get his line right and bowls it short down the leg side. Hales ducks under it and gets a wide. 5/0
Wayne Parnell to bowl from the other end. A slip in place for him.
0.6 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Once again Hales stays leg sidish of the ball and drives it through mid on for a single. 4/0
0.5 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Short delivery, sliding in, tucked in front of square on the leg side for a single. 3/0
0.4 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Flatter delivery outside off, punched to extra cover. 2/0
0.3 JJ Smuts to A Hales, Hales stays leg sidish of the ball and drives off the inner half to long on for a single. 2/0
0.2 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Roy uses his feet, dances down and works it to deep mid-wicket. Gets off the mark with a single. 1/0
0.1 JJ Smuts to J Roy, Sliding into the batsman, who prods forward to defend but gets beaten and is rapped on the pads. There's a muted appeal but it's turned down as it is going down the leg side. Positive start this for SA! 0/0