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5-0 series whitewash has scarred Australia - Faf du Plessis

5-0 series whitewash has scarred Australia - Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis will captain South Africa in Australia for a three-match Test series
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South African stand-in captain Faf du Plessis feels that the recent 5-0 victory of the Proteas against Australia has left the 2015 Cricket World Cup champions scarred.

The 5-0 defeat for Australia in the hands of South Africa is the first-ever clean sweep for them in the One-Day International format.

According to du Plessis, South Africa’s manner of victory, where they registered convincing wins in the five ODIs, has left mental scars on the Australian team.

“Beating Australia the way we did — really convincingly, not giving them a sniff — will leave a bit of a scar on them mentally.

“I appreciate it’s test cricket, a different format,” Du Plessis told reporters.

South Africa will now visit Australia to play a three-match Test series which includes a day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval.

Du Plessis knows that the Australian Test team will be a different side with the regular players returning to the squad and urged the team to start well in the series.

“They will have a different team, probably a more mature team (than their ODI squad).

“So it’s important to start well in that first test and remind them that we are in the same space as the one-day team.”

Australia will be boosted by Mitchell Starc, who is expected to return for the Test series after suffering an injury during training last month.

Admitting that Starc will be a key factor in the Test series, du Plessis wants the South African batsmen to prepare well against left-arm seam bowling.

“Starc is a huge bowler for them. We’ll need to make sure we get good prep in with left-arm quicks.

“He’s obviously someone who can crank it up and get it close to 150km/h and then obviously he’s very good with reverse swing.”

South Africa will play a two-day day-night tour match against Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval prior to the start of the three-match Test series which gets underway on 3rd November.

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