Saturday, 24 August 2019

Du Plessis hopes to fix South Africa problems

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LONDON: If Faf du Plessis were Sarfaraz Ahmed, he would have lost his job by Monday morning.

After all he was at the helm of a catastrophic South African World Cup campaign that ended on Sunday here at Lord’s with a 49-run defeat against Pakistan.

After having won just one of their previous six World Cup matches, du Plessis’ South Africa desperately needed to win Sunday’s game to stay alive in the hunt for a place in the tournament’s semi-finals but once again failed to give their best.

So will he resign as South Africa captain after leading the team to its worst ever performance in World Cup history?

Du Plessis didn’t give any hint about it.

“I love captaining this team, and the fact that we are playing way, way below our potential, is not something, as I said, it’s not something that sits with me well,” he said after yet another defeat for his team,” said a dejected du Plessis during a post-match press conference at Lord’s.

“There’s too much pride for me, and that’s why – I mean, I’m trying as much as I can, but unfortunately not everything is in my hands. You know, if I could, I would get my wand out and get some runs on the table for our batters, but I can’t, unfortunately.

“So it is a challenge, and my character is one that will try and fix as many problems as I can and try and control the areas that I can, but unfortunately, I can’t control everything.

“So yeah, I have to make sure that I put my head on my pillow at night knowing I’ve done everything in the buildup to that match and then just trust the players to perform.”

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