Du Plessis gives short ball ad­vice to Tigers

The Cricket Paper - - INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Ge­orge Jones

FAF DU PLESSIS is adamant Bangladesh can make the next step up in their pro­gres­sion as a Test side by hav­ing their bats­men con­quer their fears over the short ball.

The South Africa cap­tain was speak­ing af­ter his team’s seam at­tack took 19 out of Bangladesh’s 20 wick­ets, as the Proteas wrapped up the se­ries 2-0.

Du Plessis, who scored an un­beaten 135 in the host’s only in­nings, con­ceded that Bangladesh has fallen be­low his ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter their re­cent good form with the red ball against Eng­land and Aus­tralia.

“The last year or two you could see they were a high­qual­ity Test team, so I ex­pected a big­ger fight,” said du Plessis. “I didn't ex­pect them to win the se­ries, but I ex­pected there would be ses­sions in the game where we would have to be ab­sorb­ing a bit of pres­sure be­cause they do have skill.”

“But with that, you have to just say that our team did it bet­ter. If they tried to put pres­sure on us, we re­sponded pos­i­tively and ag­gres­sively and ba­si­cally five or six overs af­ter that we were back and dom­i­nat­ing the game.”

Pace­men Duane Olivier and Kagiso Rabada shred­ded the nerves of the Bangladesh bats­men, with the lat­ter see­ing a de­liv­ery strike the hel­met of Mominul Kayes and go­ing on to hook the next de­liv­ery to the fielder on the deep.

“It’s sim­ple but it’s hard be­cause the bounce is un­com­fort­able,” Du Plessis com­mented. “You have to get rid of the fear of the short ball and once you have a good plan on how to counter that, then you will get bet­ter.”

South Africa’s dom­i­nance with the ball in the sec­ond Test will come as a wel­come sign to du Plessis who tested in­ex­pe­ri­ence in the face of the ab­sent Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Ver­non Phi­lan­der.

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