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Split captaincy is working great for us - Faf du Plessis

Split captaincy is working great for us - Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis believes that the split captaincy theory implemented by South Africa is working perfectly for them.
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South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis believes that the split captaincy theory implemented by his team is working perfectly for them.

South Africa currently have three different captains for the three formats of the game with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla taking the role in One-Day Internationals and Tests respectively.

Du Plessis brushed aside concerns about the split captaincy theory as he stated that it helps the trio to have a fresh mind in the formats they don’t lead.

"I think it (the split captaincy) is working beautifully.

“Probably, the question mark was there from the management point of view.

“It is working great at the moment.

“Someone like AB with a lot on his plate can sit back and enjoy during T20s.

“That enables him to always remain in fresh mind.

“Hashim, as the Test captain, has extra responsibility and in T20s, he gives that over to me.” 

Du Plessis further iterated that the trio learn from each other and work collectively towards a common team goal.

"There has not been one instance that one has had different perspective.

“We have worked together and continue to learn from each other." 

In August this year, du Plessis had to sit out of the T20I series against New Zealand after injuring his knee during training.

The 31-year-old was unable to recover in time for the ODI series against the Black Caps and was side-lined for a period of four weeks.

Currently du Plessis feels that his knee has recovered well and is excited to be taking part in South Africa’s tour of India.

“For the last 5-6 weeks I haven’t had a lot of cricket.

“But now the knee is looking good.

“It’s never nice to sit in the side-lines and watch the guys play.

“It is also unfortunate to miss the New Zealand series, but I am excited to play again.” 

South Africa will begin their 72-day tour of India with a T20I game at the scenic Dharamsala stadium in Himachal Pradesh on 2nd October.

Dharamsala is also a location that will have pleasant weather and the pitch often gives good support to the pace bowlers.

Du Plessis is looking forward to making the best use of the conditions in the first T20I with a quality fast-bowling attack at his disposal.

"Yeah, I will be honest that I was quite surprised when I heard that we will be playing in Dharamsala first.

"The great thing about T20 is that you will get to play at different venues.

“Dharamsala has a nice wicket with good pace and bounce.

“We would be looking to use those conditions with our quick bowlers.” 

This is the first time South Africa will be touring India to play a four-match Test series prior to which they will play three T20Is and five ODIs. 

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