Tue. Sep 29th, 2020

Du Plessis hopes adversity will draw out Protea Fire

Cricket World Cup Faf Du plessisFaf du Plessis hopes a focus on winning matches will help his Proteas break out of the funk that has possessed them thus far at the Cricket World Cup.

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South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis says that the terrible start the Proteas have made to the World Cup has sharpened the focus of the squad.

The captain hopes that the must-win nature of the next five matches will draw the best out of a team whose performance has been well below par in their three completed matches.

The Proteas face Afghanistan in a day/night clash in Cardiff on Saturday.

“The increased focus on winning had sharpened the South Africans’ minds‚” Du Plessis said at a press conference after training on Friday.

“Our backs against the wall as a team. Hopefully that will allow the guys to come out and play the way we want them to play and the way we can play.

“I believe if we do that we’ll be a dangerous team. But we haven’t fully unlocked the potential that we have in our side.”

Du Plessis revealed that paceman Lungi Ngidi would only play if he was 100 percent fit.

“He’s got to do some work today and possibly tomorrow as well to make sure that he’s 100%‚” Du Plessis said.

“That decision will get made probably tomorrow morning.

“We’re in a position now where we need to win five games out of five‚ so you want to have your best guys available for selection.

“If he’s not 100% or even 90% ready for the game‚ and if it’s going to be a shortened game with a bit rain around‚ is it worth the risk?

“Probably the right call to make would be to say that if he’s not ready‚ you just give him a little bit more time to see if he can play the next four games‚ which are going to be big.”

Afghanistan have lost all three of their World Cup matches so far including a rain-hit contest in Cardiff where they imploded in a relatively straightforward chase, however the Proteas cannot afford a slip-up.

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