Faf du Plessis waited in the wings of the South Africa Test team before finally earning his chance in Australia. Still, when he was selected not everyone was convinced. Three innings into his Test career and those concerns appear very misplaced. One of those unsure was Stuart Hess but he has put pen to paper in a note to du Plessis in the Cape Times.
Dear Francois "Faf" du Plessis, I'm sorry. I was wrong and boy, did you prove it in Adelaide on Monday.
Two weeks ago in this space I wrote you didn't deserve a spot in the starting XI for the second Test against Australia.
I based this on the fact that, well, you'd shown very little form with the bat in the last six months and that you'd last played a first-class match towards the end of last season. In fact, until the warm-up game against Australia A at Sydney before the first Test, your "game time" had consisted of one-dayers and T20 matches - a lot of T20 matches.