South African captain Faf du Plessis warns the team about complacency
CAPE CITY: South African captain Faf du Plessis He warned his team against complacency, as they take a 1-0 series lead in the second Test against England, from whom he expects a violent reaction in Newlands on Friday.
The 107 race victory in the first Test in Pretoria on Sunday halted a series of five consecutive Test defeats for South Africa, but any thoughts players may have about returning to the track must dissipate, he said Thursday.
We really haven't achieved anything as a test team; We just won a test match, Du Plessis said at a pre-test press conference.
“There is still a lot to do so we can go where we want to go as a test team.
For me it is about understanding as a team that standards must rise a bit.
We were lucky to be able to get a victory in Pretoria, but we understand that the cricket test against England will not always follow our path, he continued.
If you take your foot off the throttle and complacency creeps in, we will play normal cricket again.
This is the message that Bouch (coach Mark boucher ) and I have been trying to drive home in the last few days, and we will continue driving.
Du Plessis confirmed that the batter Temba Bavuma He was fit again, but he would not return to his No. 5 spot on the team since Rassie van der Dussen will have more opportunities to prove himself after scoring 50 in the debut last week.
The exclusion of Bavuma means that South Africa is dispensing with its racial quota for team selection, where each team must have at least two black Africans and four others from the country's mixed and Indian communities.
South Africa did not reach that goal in Pretoria and will do so again in the second test, but Du Plessis tried to minimize a possible controversy.
We do not see the color and it is important that people understand it. The opportunity is very important for any color and it is important to be fair to all players to give them a chance.
Temba will be the first to recognize that he had a very good opportunity and that they cannot be pointed with the fingers.
Bavuma, 29, has not had half a century in his last 12 test innings with a batting average that now drops to 39.24 in 39 test games.