South Africa’s former skipper, Faf du Plessis has made it clear that he is determined enough to represent the Proteas in all the thee formats. Faf du Plessis was stripped of the captaincy in the ODIs after South Africa’s poor outing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
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Du Plessis stepped down from Test and T20I captaincy in February with immediate effect to help facilitate the next generation of leaders within the team. The 35-year-old Faf du Plessis, who was rested during the ODI and T20 series against England, was selected in the Proteas’ 16-man squad to take on Australia.
Although there have been speculations over Du Plessis’ international future, the veteran has made it clear that he is determined to play in all the three formats.
Faf du Plessis Determined To Play For South Africa In All The Formats
“I still love playing for the Proteas. I still see myself adding huge value,” Faf du Plessis said in an interview released by Cricket South Africa on Monday.
“I am extremely motivated and keen to play in all three formats. This time away from the game has made sure that the hunger is still there for me and that is a big thing for players, to really still love what you do,” he added.
Relishing The Role Of The Mentor: Faf du Plessis
Du Plessis says he will miss the captaincy but is relishing a role as mentor for the new generation of leaders.
“I love captaincy, it is a part of who I am. I have captained since the age of 13. I still look at myself as a leader before a player, so I enjoy that more than anything else. I will always miss it, but I do think that the time has come for me to move on to a position of growing other leaders, something that I feel is lacking in our system,” Faf du Plessis said.
“I want to make sure I can create some sort of value towards that, helping guys with someone who is there to guide them and, if they want to, to have someone they can talk to within the team. It is a great opportunity for five or six guys to come together and create a leadership group in the Proteas that will drive the culture for the next four or five years,” Du Plessis concluded.