Wednesday, 19 January 2022

‘We need to move on quickly from England loss’: Faf du Plessis

LONDON: South Africa will have to move on quickly from the drubbing it received in the World Cup opener against England and regroup themselves before its next game against Bangladesh, said captain Faf du Plessis.

South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs by favourites England in the opening match of the ICC World Cup, which began at The Oval.

Asked to bat, England made 311 for eight and then bundled out the Proteas for 207.

Du Plessis admitted they were outplayed in all facets of the game by England.

“You are going to play games and come up against opposition that are better than you. England beat us in all three facets of the game,” Du Plessis said after the defeat.

“As much as we are disappointed, we will want to learn from it quickly and put it to bed. We want to move on from it quickly.”

South Africa will face Bangladesh in its second match at The Oval on Sunday.

South Africa witnessed a bad start to its chase when veteran opener Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the head.

The right-hander later returned but by then Jofra Archer-led England bowling attack had already caused the damage.

“The flow of the innings, unfortunately, started with Hashim coming off. When you are chasing a big score like 312, you need a good start to settle the dressing room,” Du Plessis said.

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