Beating Australia in Australia will be tough – Faf du Plessis
According to stand in South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, beating Australia in Australia will be pretty tough indeed. “We know it’s going to be an extremely tough tour,” du Plessis said. ”Beating them in Australia is possibly up there with the toughest tours Test-wise, but a five-nil score line would be another one percent in our favour.”Five-nil has never been done against Australia so it’s something that we as team really want to do.”
While the fifth ODI currently is underway between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town, one can look back at the series with contrasting views. While the hosts will be delighted with the series victory, Australia, on the other hand, will be under tremendous pressure, as their bowling department was deemed mediocre in absence of pace spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. The absence of all-rounder James Faulkner didn’t help either.
However, things could turn around once South Africa begin their tour of Australia next month, where they tour for a series of 3 tests. Against a fully fit Aussie test side in their own backyard, things surely won’t be as easy as they are now. In tests at home, Australia have been way too dominant and their last series loss at home was against South Africa, way back in late 2012.
“Beating them in Australia is possibly up there with the toughest tours Test-wise, but a five-nil score line would be another one percent in our favour.”Five-nil has never been done against Australia so it’s something that we as team really want to do.”We want to go places where no other South African team have been. “We want to reach higher levels and achieve greater things than anyone else. “The fact that the Test series comes straight after this (ODI tour), sixty per cent to seventy per cent of both teams’ players are the same. “So that motivation of five-nil will mean a lot to me,” the South African skipper added.
The right-handed batsman added that for the team to do well in Australia, it would be imperative for all members of the team to step up. “I appreciate that it’s a different format, but if you play against Australia every single mental thing you can have on your side does play a role,” du Plessis said.