Faf du Plessis determined to whitewash Australia 5-0
South Africa are currently having a 4-0 lead after wins in the first four ODIs and a victory margin of 5-0 has never been achieved against the World Champions in a five-match series before in the 50-over format.
With an eye on the upcoming Test tour of Australia, du Plessis believes that a 5-0 result in the ongoing ODI series will be a confidence booster for the longer format.
“I appreciate that it’s a different format, but if you play against Australia every single mental thing you can have on your side does play a role.
“So that’s a big driving factor for me for tomorrow - to try and make sure we win five-nil because that’s huge confidence.
“We know it’s going to be an extremely tough (Test) tour.
“Beating them in Australia is possibly up there with the toughest tours Test-wise, but a five-nil score line would be another one per cent in our favour.”
Furthermore, du Plessis asserted that the team wants to scale new heights and beating Australia 5-0 for the very first time will be a step in that direction.
“Five-nil has never been done against Australia so it’s something that we as team really want to do.
“We want to go places where no other South African team have been.
“We want to reach higher levels and achieve greater things than anyone else.
“The fact that the Test series comes straight after this (ODI tour), sixty per cent to seventy per cent of both teams’ players are the same.
“So that motivation of five-nil will mean a lot to me.”
Though Australia are fielding a relatively inexperienced bowling attack in the series, the manner in which South Africa have managed to stifle the opposition batting line up has been a focal point.
According to du Plessis, it is the manner in which South Africa have managed to silence the Australian batting line up with players like David Warner and Steven Smith, is what is more satisfying.
“Their (Australia’s) batting is just as strong, and possibly on paper sometimes even stronger, but they haven’t matched our batsmen in this series at all,” du Plessis said.
“We haven’t allowed them to compete with us at times, and even when they looked like they were going to compete we held them and stuck it out and waited for the opportunity.
“It’s happening more regularly now in this team that guys are doing amazing things.”
If South Africa manage to win the ODI series 5-0, Australia’s lead at the top of the ODI rankings will be cut down to just two points.
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