The ICC World Test Championship will begin their journey when the Ashes 2019 between England and Australia will kick off on August 1 at Edgbaston. South Africa will start their campaign when they play against India in October. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis admitted that it will be tough to begin their campaign against the top-ranked Indian team.
Starting against India will be tough: du Plessis
South Africa, who had a dismal time in the ICC World Cup 2019 will be desperate to bounce off the blocks. They will be desperate to bounce back and redeem themselves after a poor World Cup in the World Test Championship. Currently ranked at three in the ICC Test Rankings, the Proteas have an excellent set up in the Test format. Backed by some quality fast bowlers, alongside the likes of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, South Africa will look to give some tough challenge to Virat Kohli & Co.
But skipper du Plessis admitted that it will be challenging to start the campaign against India at their home. The Asian giants have not lost any series at home in recent times, but Faf du Plessis said that they are looking forward towards the challenge.
“Any team will say that within a calendar year or so on the circuit, the toughest part of touring is probably playing in India. It’s a tough start to the Championship for us. Everyone is going to have to play in India eventually, so we might as well start there,” du Plessis said to Sport24.co.za.
Furthermore, Faf du Plessis stated that they have a matured side with some experienced cricketers in the setup. South Africa also have a few talented and young cricketers which will strike a perfect balance to the Proteas side in the Test format.
“We’re a Test team that is very mature and experienced, so we’re probably a year away from some old and experienced heads leaving the game. Right now we’re a team with really good Test players, experienced players, and then the two or three young guys that are coming in and will be the future,” du Plessis concluded.
The three-match Test series will commence from October 2 at Visakhapatnam while Ranchi and Pune will host the next two matches.