South Africa Rest Faf Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis hits out
Faf du Plessis (right) will be rested from the final Twenty20 International against the West Indies
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Captain Faf du Plessis will be rested from South Africa's third and final Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Durban tomorrow (Wednesday).

He scored 38 in the first match and 119 in 56 balls in the second game before South Africa were defeated in both matches.

As South Africa now ready themselves for the final build-up to the Cricket World Cup, du Plessis will miss the final match and rest a long-standing hip injury.

Justin Ontong will take over as captain in du Plessis' absence.

"Faf has been rested for the last T20I as a precautionary measure ahead of a busy ODI period over the next three months," Cricket South Africa (CSA) team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee said.

"He has a longstanding hip niggle and any amount of rest will be beneficial to him in the long run."

By scoring 119 in a losing cause in Johannesburg, du Plessis became the second player to score a century and end up on the losing side in a Twenty20 International.

He has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa, captaining the side on 18 occasions.

All-rounder Ontong has played 13 T20Is including the match in Johannesburg and this will be his first match as captain of a South Africa senior team.

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