Faf du Plessis names South Africa’s favourite opponent
The two teams will face each other for three ODIs and a lone T20I between November 4 and 17.
Updated - Oct 24, 2018 3:59 pm
The sporting tussles between international cricketing sides is always a treat to watch. In particular, there are some rivalries like that of England-Australia and India-Pakistan that excite the spectators like no other. Recently, South African skipper Faf du Plessis named Australia as their favourite opponent to take the field against.
The infamous ball-tampering scandal that led to the suspension of Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, doesn’t seem to have affected the camaraderie between the two sides. Ever since that incident back in March this year, the upcoming series between the two sides will be their first bilateral encounter. The teams will face each other for three ODIs and a lone T20I between November 4 and 17.
Australia brings out the best in the Proteas
As reported by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Faf du Plessis said, “Australia is our favourite team to play against. All the stuff that comes with playing them, on and off the field, I love that and I feel that brings the best out of us as a team and even us as South Africa, we love that fiery competition.”
Australian crowds have long been infamous for their aggression and du Plessis acknowledged the difficulty of the conditions. “It’s definitely not an easy place to travel. The crowds do play their part, they’re like a 12th man. Your mental capabilities and strength are just as important as your skill. For a lot of the new guys, it will be the first time where they field on the boundary and they hear just how good they are as human beings. That will be a new thing for them,” South African added
Faf du Plessis also elaborated on the possible comeback of pacer Chris Morris and said, “He’s got so much X-factor as a white-ball cricketer, and this is an important tour for him to make sure he starts getting it right in terms of consistency. We know on his day he’s as good as any player in the world.”