Proteas

Faf to captain Proteas in all formats?

Faf du Plessis (Getty Images)
Faf du Plessis (Getty Images)

Cape Town - With news that AB de Villiers has decided to step down as captain of the Proteas ODI side, it seems logical that Faf du Plessis will captain South Africa in all formats.

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De Villiers announced the news, along with the fact that he will once again be available for Test selection, in a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

He also praised Du Plessis and his captaincy saying that he believed it was time for someone else to captain in the 50-over format and take the side forward.

"Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team. It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward. Whoever is chosen as the new ODI captain will have my complete support," said De Villiers.

With Du Plessis leading South Africa in both the T20 format and the Test arena, making him captain of the ODI team seems like a no-brainer.

Not only is he one of the first names on the teamsheet, but having him captain in all three formats will help bring stability to the Proteas at a time when they are struggling, especially following their recent tour of England where they lost all the series in all three formats.

And he has other strings to his bow.

Undoubtedly, Du Plessis is not only a great leader of men but he has an excellent cricketing brain.

With a revenge series against India taking place this summer, stability and cool heads will be needed if the Indian juggernaut is to be stopped.

Craig Taylor works at Sport24. He is addicted to Football Manager and avocados...


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