In the wake of the heavy loss at the hands of India in the just-concluded Test series, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has joined the chorus asking for doing away with the toss in Tests. The South Africa batsman believes getting rid of the toss would help the teams put up more competitive displays away from home.
South Africa started the series in India on a promising note. Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries to help the Proteas put up more than 400 in their first innings of the series. However, their performance started dipping as the series progressed. South Africa were no match for India in the second and third Test as they lost both the games by an innings.
Apart from the tough opposition and conditions, what made things tough for South Africa was their poor luck at toss. They lost the toss on all the three occasions and India made the most of it by posting big totals in each game. And with South Africa not even managing to challenge India, Faf du Plessis believes removing the toss will be a better option.
“If the toss is removed then away teams have a better chance. In South Africa, I don’t mind that. We bat on green tops anyway,” said Du Plessis.
Recently, the practice of doing away with the toss was trialled in the English county circuit. ECB made the rule under which the visiting team got the chance to choose what they wanted to do at the start of the game. The idea came into being as a way to ensure home teams did not roll out pitches that stacked the odds in their own favour. Pakistan bought into it this Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season and India, too, have been looking into the matter.