Former South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis has been drawn in with Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada for the upcoming T20 series against Australia.
Although 35-year-old Du Plessis has renounced his role as the Proteas’ Test and T20 captain, he is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best white-ball cricketers ever.
In his 44 international T20 matches, he boasts an average of 35.86 and a hit rate of nearly 136 runs per 100 deliveries. He also hit his highest score – 119 off 56 balls – a few seasons ago on the very Wanderers.
“It is very nice to have him back in the team and he is excited about his way forward,” said South Africa’s new T20 captain Quinton de Kock.
“We haven’t talked to each other yet, but he understands that he still has a big role to play for us. He is still regarded as a leader and he is one of the more senior players in our team.
“Faf still has a lot to offer. It’s that simple. “
And unlike in the past, Du Plessis now has only one goal in mind: To hit as many runs as possible for the Proteas.
- The action starts tonight at 18:00 on the Wanderers in Johannesburg.