Smith to hold 'robust discussion' with Du Plessis over his future

Sisanda Magala

Under Du Plessis, the Proteas managed to earn only three victories in the 2019 World Cup and finished seventh in the points table. South Africa won the first Test in Centurion but lost the next two in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to trail 1-2 in the contest. While he played two ODIs in that series as a captain, the South African team suffered defeats in both those matches.

However, South Africa had a dismal World Cup under du Plessis, winning only three of their nine matches and failing to make it to the semifinal stage.

Now that Quinton de Kock is the captain of the ODI and T20 teams, it is expected that after Faf du Plessy, the captain of the Test team will also be handled by Quinton de Kock.

The 27-year-old boasts 115 ODI caps with 4 907 runs.

In last September, during India tour, Quinton de Kock led the South African T20I side twice.

"We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become", Smith said.

Asked whether his elevation to the ODI captaincy could be a precursor to him taking over the Test team, de Kock was unwilling to look that far into the future but admitted he would not say no if it was offered to him. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart.

"Anrich was going to be one of our key bowlers at the World Cup before he got injured and he has been bowling a lot in the Test series, so there is no way we are throwing him or anyone else away." .

The Cricket South Africa board named the Proteas ODI squad against England as the Test series comes to an end.

South Africa squad: De Kock (capt, wkt), R Hendricks, Bavuma, Van der Dussen, Miller, Smuts, Phehlukwayo, Sipamla, Ngidi, Shamsi, Magala, Fortuin, B Hendricks, Malan, Verreynne.

CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi noted: "We are really pleased with the squad we have selected, it is a good indication of the depth that we have in the country". The road towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts now and we want players doing well in our domestic structures to see the rewards of the hard work that they have put in. The two teams are now in a four-Test series, with England leading 2-1 with one game to go.



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