Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday confirmed that senior batsman Faf du Plessis has been released from the squad ahead of the upcoming three-match ODI series against England. The former South Africa captain was a part of the squad for the recently-concluded three-match T20I series against the same opposition.
CSA took the decision to rest the right-handed batsman in order to give him some rest after a busy two months. Before playing the T20I series, Faf du Plessis plied his trade for Chennai Super Kings in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Faf du Plessis had a decent outing against England. He scored 121 runs in three-matches including two fifthes, with his highest score being 58 in the first T20I. Along with him, Kagiso Rabada, Pite van Biljon, Bjorn Fortuin and Reeza Hendricks have also been released from the squad for different reasons.
“The following players have been released from the squad to either join their franchise teams who continue playing in the CSA Four-Day Domestic Series or for rest and/or recuperation; Faf du Plessis (rest), Kagiso Rabada (injury rehabilitation, recuperation and rest), Pite van Biljon, Bjorn Fortuin and Reeza Hendricks (all to return to 4-day domestic series),” CSA said in an official statement.
Earlier this week, Rabada was ruled out of the ODI series against England due to a right adductor strain. CSA had confirmed that Rabada’s injury is expected to take approximately three weeks to heal.
Meanwhile, South Africa will be looking to put up a good show in the upcoming ODIs after being whitewashed in the T20Is. The first ODI of the three-match series between will be played on Friday.