Steve Smith
Steve Smith knows the danger posed by AB De VilliersReuters

Australia will travel to South Africa to play a three-match T20 series as a warm-up to the World T20 2016.

This T20 series is not going to be easy for the visitors, as the Proteas, with a destructive batting lineup, are in confident mood after beating England.

The prime target for Australia will be AB de Villiers, who can take down any team single-handedly, if he gets going, especially in the shortest format of the game. 

Australia captain Steve Smith is chalking out several plans to stop the run flow from the bat of De Villiers during the T20 series in South Africa. 

"He (De Villiers) is one of the most destructive, if not the most destructive batsmen in the world. He hits the ball 360 degrees when he is going. We're going to have a few plans in place that will hopefully work," Smith was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia.

"He's a terrific player and very hard to stop. He's an absolutely quality player in all formats of the game. If he gets going, he's extremely hard to stop. We're going to have to come with a few things to make sure he doesn't get started."

The recent record of De Villiers suggests that he has a weak point, which is spin bowling. In India, during the marathon tour of South Africa, R Ashwin made him struggle. Australia can plot something similar against the brute force of De Villiers. Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar are the three spinners in their 15-man squad. 

The visitors also need to be wary of the fact that the wickets are likely to be flat. They are not going to provide much assistance to the bowlers, especially, spinners. In that case, the Aussies will have to bowl really well to get De Villiers quiet.