Faf wants bats­men to be clin­i­cal

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ADE­LAIDE. — South Africa cricket cap­tain Faf du Plessis has asked for a more clin­i­cal per­for­mance from his play­ers in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) against Aus­tralia tak­ing place at the Ade­laide Oval to­day.

The bowlers were al­most fault­less in the open­ing match in Perth to dis­miss the home team for 152 in 38.1 overs, and it is with the bat that Du Plessis has asked for his play­ers to be more ruth­less.

It is of­ten said to never change a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, but the cap­tain ad­mits the lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties in a three-match se­ries could war­rant a few tweaks to scout as many play­ers as pos­si­ble. All-rounders Chris Mor­ris and Dwaine Pre­to­rius are op­tions, while left-arm wrist­spin­ner Tabraiz Shamsi is also a look-in in po­ten­tially slow drop-in pitch con­di­tions.

“It was a great start for us,” Du Plessis said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Ade­laide Oval on Thurs­day. “I would have liked us to be more clin­i­cal in mak­ing sure we won that game with eight or nine wick­ets in the shed af­ter the great start we had with the bat. They bowled well and there was as­sis­tance in the pitch.

“For this game we are still look­ing at com­bi­na­tions,” he ad­mit­ted. “The ob­vi­ous thing would be to play the same team but we are con­stantly think­ing of how we can get guys more ex­pe­ri­enced for the World Cup and to fine-tune that per­fect bal­ance we are af­ter.”

The Ade­laide Oval holds many fond mem­o­ries for Du Plessis, mem­o­ries that have shaped him into the leader and crick­eter he is to­day. They scale from the high of a de­ter­mined Test cen­tury on de­but in 2012, to over­com­ing the tough­est week of his ca­reer with a re­silient cen­tury in chal­leng­ing sur­round­ings dur­ing the 2016 ball-tam­per­ing case.

“I love com­ing to Ade­laide,” he said fondly. “This ground is prob­a­bly my favourite in the world when it comes to play­ing cricket. I have some ex­tremely good mem­o­ries, Ade­laide and New­lands are my two favourite grounds. “It was a great de­but for me,” he said of his 2012 en­try. “The next time I came back there was a big build-up to that Test match with ‘mint­gate’. That was a dif­fer­ent way of han­dling pres­sure, there were a lot of eyes on me dur­ing that build-up, it was my char­ac­ter that was tested through­out that week. Get­ting through that, per­son­ally was great for me, it showed the re­silience of my char­ac­ter, that was good to learn about my own per­son­al­ity. — AFP

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