De Villiers: We're going back to basics

South Africa limited-over skipper AB de Villiers is looking to use the tour to Sri Lanka as a building block for the 2014 T20 World Cup and 2015 ODI World Cup, saying they need to get back to basics if they want to win.

The Proteas had a disappointing Champions Trophy, once again failing to win an ICC title despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites. They endured a roller coaster group stage before losing to England in the quarter-finals.

De Villiers said they needed to come together under new head coach Russell Domingo and find a 'rhythm' as a squad, and make sure that they played consistent cricket on the sub-continent in the coming weeks.

De Villiers said upon the side's departure to Sri Lanka: "We're going to have to take a few steps back and do the basics bloody well. It's about us finding a rhythm as a team.

"Everyone is tired of the word consistency because we talk about it so much but we need to play consistently in this series."

Speaking of consistency, De Villiers said the batting order would be more stable for this tour, and that the wicketkeeping role would remain with him. Quinton de Kock will play, but not as keeper, and De Villiers will bat at four.

The skipper said: "We played around with it (the order) because of particular circumstances but I think we'll be more consistent from now. Russell communicates very well and he will make sure everyone understands their role really well."

The Champions Trophy saw the Proteas take with field without their two best bowlers in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, both of whom were injured. Morkel is fit again, but Steyn is not ready for the tour.

This meant Chris Morris and Ryan McLaren had to step up, and they did reasonably well. The batting order, on the other hand, felt the lack of Graeme Smith, who is still injured, and De Villiers is waiting for the batsmen to come to the party.

He added: "We were without Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, and people said that was our weakness but the way the youngsters stepped up was impressive.

"I am waiting for a few guys to take ownership of positions in the top order."