Protea skipper rested for remainder of T20 series
South Africa board decided to rest Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis for the rest of the T20I series against Pakistan. Faf du Plessis was part of the first T20I game which saw him share a sensational T20 partnership with Reeza Hendricks, in what was a terrific record.
The skipper upped his ante so much so that he was able to get the best out of himself while middling the balls against the Pakistani bowlers. He garnered 78 off 45 balls with a flurry of 6 fours and 4 sixes to his name and helped the team to steer to a whopping 192 in their highest T20 total at Newlands.
“I’m being rested for the last two games. I’m the only Test player that’s still playing, I was only going to play tonight’s game,” said Du Plessis after his side’s win.
“There’s been a lot of cricket, especially the three format players have played a lot. Personally, this is an opportunity for me to get the tank filled up again for the Test series (against Sri Lanka).
“So there’ll be one change (on Sunday), a new captain will have to be decided, but we’ll try and make sure that get through the squad as best we can.”
Previously, the South Africa team management announced one more change to their T20 squad: Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the rest of the series owing to an injury.
Cape Cobras batsman Janneman Malan was brought in as De Kock’s replacement.
Upcoming T20 fixtures:
Sunday, February 3, 2nd T20, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day) – 14:30
Wednesday, February 6, 3rd T20, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N) – 18:00