Windies The Favourites, Says Faf Du Plessis

Proteas T20 captain, Faf Du Plessis, says the upcoming three-match T20 International series will be the ideal opportunity for the inexperienced players in the squad to test their skill against quality opposition.  The Proteas have rested the majority of their senior players after a successful Test series, which allows the coaching staff to test their depth keeping in mind the ICC World Twenty20 next year.  The West Indies are boosted by the return of their T20 “big guns”, and will enter the series with an advantage and some confidence of their form in the T20 format.

“If you look at their team they are probably the favourites on paper.  They are playing their full-strength team but these are our conditions and we have a lot of exciting young talent.  For me they are the dominant T20 team in the world at the moment, they are full of match-winners.  It will be a really tough series for us, but that’s how you want it, you want your young guys to compete, that will make them players which is good for South African cricket,” said South Africa’s skipper.  Du Plessis says he will seek input and advice from the domestic players who played against some of the West Indies’ line-up during the RamSlam T20 Challenge.  Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo make a return to the country a month after the T20 Challenge.

“I think it will help them, but more mentally.  It’s always nice for a player to come to a country to prepare for a series in those conditions.  In saying that, quite a few of them had a tough time here in South Africa’s domestic cricket.  It’s good for us that we can tap into the domestic players’ plans and on what worked for them.  Also the guys that did do well, to get some input on where to go against them.“