“I believe I put the team first”: Faf du Plessis stops as captain of South Africa follows the unbeaten tour of England to improve his own game
- Faf du Plessis had planned to bow as captain after Twenty20 World Cup
- But the 35-year-old has made his decision to stop earlier
- England won the Test and T20 series in South Africa and drew the ODI series
Faf du Plessis stopped as South Africa’s captain within hours after the undefeated tour of England ended.
Du Plessis had already given up the one-day lead to Quinton de Kock, who also impressed the team in the 2-1 defeat in the Twenty20 series.
The 35-year-old du Plessis was officially equipped for those three games together with fast bowler Kagiso Rabada – after the Proteas were defeated 3-1 by England in the test series.
Faf du Plessis has stopped as the South African cricket captain after the undefeated tour of England
But he has now stopped hoping that later this year he can concentrate on his own game to participate in the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
Du Plessis had hoped to bow after that tournament as captain prior to recent discussions with the Cricket South Africa hierarchy of Graeme Smith, the acting director of cricket, and coach Mark Boucher.
“When I took over leadership, I did so with the dedication to lead, to perform and, above all, to serve,” said Plessis.
Du Plessis was the skipper on the South African side with 3-1 records in the recent test series
“While the team is taking a new direction with new leaders and a young group of players, I feel it is in the interest of South African cricket to give up captaincy in all sizes.
“This was one of the hardest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton, Mark and my teammates as we continue to rebuild and re-align as a group.
‘I have strived to lead the team with dignity and authenticity during exciting highs and devastating lows. I gave everything during my tenure.
“I have never been someone to throw in the towel and I really believe that I put the team first and I believe that we must endure the difficult times to achieve the good times.
England ended their tour through South Africa on Sunday after winning the T20 series 2-1
“In a perfect world I would have liked to lead the team for the rest of the season and the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important characteristic of a leader is selflessness.
“I am healthy, fit, energetic and motivated and I certainly see myself playing an important role in the team as long as I continue to win the team.”
South Africa will call its T20 team on Monday to face Australia in a series of three games on its own soil.