Du Plessis to consider future after T20 World Cup
South Africa have now suffered seven losses in eight Tests, and there have been calls for the captain Faf du Plessis to step down.
However, du Plessis has reiterated on Monday (January 20) that he has no intention of retiring from Test cricket just yet.
The Proteas skipper made it clear that he would not be walking away from his beleaguered team even if he is struggling with his own form. He also informed that he will consider his future only after T20 World Cup.
‘I’ve heard there are lot of rumours about retirement. I think I have been pretty clear regarding that. I have committed myself to Cricket SA until the T20 World Cup,” du Plessis said.
“There isn’t a lot of Test cricket left this year. One massive Test match [in Johannesburg this week] where we need everyone as strong as possible to try and draw the series and then after that there is quite a big gap until the two Test matches in West Indies. Then the rest of the year is white-ball stuff.”
England beat South Africa by an innings and 53 runs in the third Test at Port Elizabeth on Monday.
The Proteas are now 1-2 behind in the series, while the captain too has been suffering from off-form. He scored only 123 runs from his last nine Test innings, with the 35-year-old’s last century came in January 2018. His average has also dropped to 40.23.
South Africa’s squad for the final Test: Faf du Plessis (capt)‚ Quinton de Kock‚ Dean Elgar‚ Keshav Maharaj‚ Rassie van der Dussen‚ Pieter Malan‚ Zubayr Hamza‚ Anrich Nortjé‚ Dane Paterson‚ Vernon Philander‚ Dwaine Pretorius‚ Temba Bavuma‚ Andile Phehlukwayo‚ Beuran Hendricks‚ Keegan Petersen.