South Africa news March 29, 2016

Du Plessis wants to keep T20 captaincy

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Faf du Plessis has committed to staying on as South Africa's T20 captain even though the next World T20 is four years away. Du Plessis, who is 31, considers himself "on the right side of 30," to keep playing international cricket in the foreseeable future.

Du Plessis is one of four South African players to have reached 1,000 T20 runs - the others being JP Duminy, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla - and has led them since February 2013. All four players play in all three formats and are among a group that also includes Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, who are expected to give up some formats of the game in the near future.

"The wrong side of 30 would be over 35. I am 31. That's the right side of 30 and see myself playing a big role," du Plessis said. "I haven't thought of stopping playing T20 cricket. I feel my performances speak for themselves."

After South Africa completed their World T20 campaign with a facile victory over Sri Lanka in Delhi, du Plessis suggested de Villiers was fully committed to all formats but told reporters they would have to ask Steyn himself if he wants to continue. Amla had earlier in the week claimed South Africa's big names still had more to offer and du Plessis has put his name on the list of those who do.

"I love captaining South Africa. I think some of the players, yes, won't be there in four years," he said. "But there won't be a lot of T20 cricket in the next while. So we can look at it in terms of a few younger guys coming through and building for the future. It's impossible to look four years ahead. It's an incredibly long time but for now I am loving playing T20 cricket and loving captaining South Africa."

South Africa are not scheduled to play their next T20s until a home series against Sri Lanka in January 2017, which means du Plessis will not have to take on much of a leadership role before then while CSA will also undergo an extensive post-season review. Still, he hopes that the progress the T20 side had made in the last few months - which included series wins over Bangladesh India and England - will not be forgotten and they can use that as a springboard to develop their other formats.

"The T20 side has been very successful of late. We didn't produce at an ICC tournament. The T20 World Cup is a tough one. Your easy game is supposed to be Afghanistan and they are just as good in these conditions," he said. "Our ODI side has also team has improved a lot. Two years ago we were in a bit of a hole and we rebuilt the side, now the Test side is there."

South Africa have come through one of their least successful periods with defeats in successive Test series and the bubble bursting on the fine limited-overs form they built up. Du Plessis believes the foundations for fixing things are there, they just need some fine-tuning.

"In terms of ticking the boxes we had all areas covered. We had great variety in pace bowling. We had different combinations to play. We had great spin options, all round options. Everything was there," he said. "It was just a case of how to you deliver on the day when the pressure is on and that's the difference between winning a World Cup and getting knocked out."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Kimbo001 on April 5, 2016, 12:16 GMT

    All good comments - People follow leaders, true leaders get the best out of everyone. My opinion SA were lucky to have GS as captain for so long, he was a leader he definitely motivated the team and many occasion he used the words my team. Team, what we see with Faf is not strong team leadership, he seems not to have that team glue, it is all about himself Faf and his buddies. SA need more positive cricketers, a new captain and coach who will bring in the positive thinking attitude within the team. SA have great cricketers, selectors stop the old boys club mentality mentality and go and find them. Basically SA need a Herb Brooks type coach who coached US Gold Medal win in the 1980 Olypics Hocky. Now we are talking about Sports Leaders and a team motivator.

  • Brokensaint on March 31, 2016, 6:31 GMT

    ralf yes Amla is a true patriot and his selflessness just shows the amazing person he is.....as sadly there is no leadership in the team. at least ABD is a ultra aggressive captain. against the windiest we needed wickets he went of and set a test match like field as soon as he could.....cannot tell me that is international captain material

  • Jonty1870 on March 31, 2016, 6:30 GMT

    I have to agree with many of the comments left here. Faf, you are not captain material and neither is AB. You both have a defensive approach to captaincy with no innovative thinking. I also think that ever since your involvement in the IPL, your fundamental cricketing skills have been on the decline including your fight and hunger to play and win for your country. Don't get me wrong, you are both good players of the game and have contributed a lot to the game however there is something missing compared to when you started playing cricket for SAF. So who does South Africa need to be captain? Difficult question to answer as an aggressive player does not always make an aggressive captain (eg. AB in the past). As Waqar has recently said, 'cosmetic changes won't help'. I leave it on this note, whoever the captain is, they must be innovative and aggressive. That is set attacking fields, make the necessary bowling changes to change the crucial moments in cricket so SAF can win games.

  • Ralf12 on March 30, 2016, 20:51 GMT

    Amla admitted he was not captaincy material and stepped down. I admire him for that. Faf please do the same. Think of your country first, not yourself.

  • Brokensaint on March 30, 2016, 19:31 GMT

    Sorry faf your not the best

  • gimme-a-greentop on March 30, 2016, 14:28 GMT

    These fines for dissent are ridiculously non-consistent. Faf deserved his, but what about Steven Smith against India? His head nearly fell off he was shaking it so much after he was given out. If Faf's was dissent and that wasn't then I don't know anymore.

  • captainhansie on March 30, 2016, 14:11 GMT

    Appoint Quinton de Kock. Build from there...

  • HiznyK on March 30, 2016, 11:32 GMT

    du Plessis is a better captain. No doubt.

    I'm sad that we are thinking about retirement. Of course It will matter a lot in terms of Major Trophies. However, Just keep focusing on your performance and health for now. As steyn stated in 'The Cricket Monthly' that he can retire in 38 if he wants. Hats off...!

    Believe me, SA haven't given the best yet. 'Each and every player' in this epic squad deserve a lot more lot. Stay tuned and see..!

    As du Plessis said, "It was just a case of how do you deliver on the day when the pressure is on and that's the difference between winning a World Cup and getting knocked out".

    A fine example is the last match against Sri Lanka. SA won easily despite the pitch is not the friend of batsmen. There was no pressure. SA didn't find any difficulty.

    So, you must be consistent and adaptable in pressure situation. If so, you will find you who you are...!

    I hope you guys keep your momentum on going..! You will..!

  • WaterfallFan on March 30, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    Faf too worried about his hairstyle and clothes to be a good captain #fireball

  • stormer1980 on March 30, 2016, 10:27 GMT

    T20 squad should change drastically based on T20 players in South Africa ... Delport , Shamzi , Birch to name but a few

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