Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock insisted that Faf du Plessis still has a key role to play despite stepping down from the South Africa’s captaincy post.
Du Plessis stepped down from Test and T20I captaincy last week with immediate effect to help facilitate the next generation of leaders within the team.
The 35-year-old, who was rested during the ODI and T20 series against England, was selected in the Proteas’ 16-man squad to take on Australia.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s first T20 against Australia at the Wanderers, De Kock believes that Du Plessis still has a lot to offer South African cricket.
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“It’s great to have him back, he is excited about going forward now,” De Kock told reporters on Thursday in Johannesburg.
He added, “I haven’t had a talk with him but he still understands that he has a big role to play for us. He is still seen as a leader for all of us, he is one of the more senior members in our team. He still has a lot to offer us so I’m sure he is excited to play again for us now.”
Friday’s T20 could see the return of not only Du Plessis but also for fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, who were rested for the England ODI and T20 series.
De Kock has been involved in all the international action this summer and has been made the white-ball captain but he says that he doesn’t feel the need for a break just yet.