World Cup: Faf du Plessis believes that Australia has 'learned' from the ball handling row

MANCHESTER: captain of South Africa Faf du Plessis He believes that Steve Smith and David Warner will be remembered for their cricket achievements rather than a ball-handling scandal as they prepare to face Proteas for the first time since last year's controversial Cape Town Test.


Then Australia captain Smith and Warner, his understudy, received a 12-month ban for their roles in preparing for an extraordinary incident that caused Cameron Bancroft to apply sandpaper to the ball while heading to Newlands in violation of the rules. .

The fight was dramatic, with Smith and Warner banned and sent home after the Cricket Australia tour, who then engaged in a review of the root and branch team ethics.

But a quick advance to the current World Cup and an Australian team with Smith and Warner after the conclusion of their bans are in the semifinals, even before facing the Proteas in Saturday's final group game at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, du Plessis, the home captain in Cape Town, leads a South African team whose last-place hopes disappeared a long time ago in the 10-team tournament.

Warner has scored more than 500 races in this World Cup and Smith has also been in good shape, and du Plessis told reporters at Old Trafford on Friday: Certainly, they are very hungry to return to playing in international cricket.

I think that any player who is as good as the two who will be removed from playing in the highest stage will be extremely motivated. And I think you can see that both are and are doing well and are scoring. careers.

As to whether his careers would be known for altering the ball above all else, du Plessis said: If the game will remember them for that, I do not think so.

I think your records and your actions will speak much louder than an incident as unique.

I think they are probably better, no, I will not say people, but if you can see them now you can see how a team, obviously, the Australian culture seems to be really good, for what they have learned from that and they have become stronger for it.

I think it's a good sign for anyone. We all make mistakes. It's about how you learn and how you progress.

A bitter series also saw du Plessis leave the Kingsmead dressing room in Durban to witness a row of stairs between Warner and Quinton de Kock of South Africa.

Du Plessis, who had only one towel around him at the time, insisted that there had been no talk among the squads of the Proteas World Cup about the incidents in Durban and Cape Town.

Not really, other than that I put on a shirt next time, he said with a smile.

I did not talk It was serious, but it was funny to see that video (there were CCTV images), so it's probably something we'll be remembered for, the staircase.