Faf du Plessis' honest opinion on JP Duminy's Test career

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and England captain Joe Root.

South Africa will make one change for the third Test - one that will make them stronger, with Kagiso Rabada coming in for Duanne Olivier.

Their record under du Plessis is excellent, with just one defeat in 12 Tests when the 33-year-old batsman has been their captain.

FAF DU PLESSIS is experiencing a welcome sense of deja vu as his South African tourists once again pile the pressure on high-profile hosts.

"The situation felt very similar", du Plessis told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday ahead of what will be the 100th Test staged on the south London ground. "You get players who are consistent and put in big performances but if you look at our last year-and-a-half of Test cricket, there have been unsung heroes who have stepped up and made plays for the team and contributed".

"Then after that, it was a free-for-all - and you could see the Australian team were feeling a bit of pressure".

"All teams don't want to feel the pressure, and you do feel the pressure when you don't play your best cricket - that's part of the game".

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada centre celebrates taking the wicket of England's Dawid Malan left on the first day of the third test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London Thursday

"JP, as I said when he got let out of the team, it was purely from a performance point of view and he was the first to understand that his performances over the last while haven't been there", du Plessis said.

England will make two, possibly three, with Tom Westley and Toby Roland-Jones making their debuts as a result of injuries to Gary Ballance (broken hand) and Mark Wood (bruised heel).

"Well done to him for getting a hundred, but I can promise you the intensity of a warm-up game versus a Test match".

"He will be playing against different attack". South Africa lost the first Test at Lord's and then levelled the series with a thumping comeback at Trent Bridge. That will not help England as they try to atone for the 340-thrashing they were dealt in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

In his time as skipper du Plessis has addressed contentious issues such as racial transformation head on, with the team's run of Test success the best answer to critics of the policy. Du Plessis believes that his team are underrated, perhaps on account of the lack of star names in the squad.

"I had a vision of where I wanted us to go and a blueprint for getting there". But getting there doesn't always happen, you have to be patient and wait for it to unfold. Luckily things worked out a lot quicker than I thought they would.

Root said his team had learnt from the errors committed in Nottingham, and that the lengthy time between Tests offered a good period for reflection. "As a young captain it's important to find your own style of captaincy".

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