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SPORT PAGE 27 FRIDAY JANUARY 24 2020 DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER Meanwhile, Biff has a few big plans CSA consultant Dave Richardson. One major decision that will require more talks over the coming weeks is the future of Faf du Plessis. De Kock was made One-day captain this week, and Smith admitted that he would, in conjunctio­n with Du Plessis and Boucher, be reviewing the T20 side. “I will sit with (Du Plessis) after the Test series (against England, which culminates with the fourth Test starting at the Wanderers today), and have a robust discussion on his future. “He is ultimately the South African Test captain,” Smith said. “The next series we play is in the Caribbean (in July) so there is a bit of time, and we need to see where he sees himself going forward.” Du Plessis will still have a role in the 50-over format, according to Smith. “We see him playing a role as a player, but from a leadership perspectiv­e we see this as an opportunit­y to move forward in the one-day arena. His record in One-day and T20 cricket is outstandin­g and it would be silly of us not to have him involved.” GRAEME Smith remains Cricket South Africa’s “interim” Director of Cricket for now, but he remains keen to make the position permanent once his commentary stint in India is completed. Smith, like Cricket SA’S interim chief executive Jacques Faul and new Proteas head coach Mark Boucher, has not had a lot of time to get to grips with the numerous challenges each of them have faced, having been in their respective positions for just over a month. Smith has packed a lot into his short stint. Besides the appointmen­t of a new coaching staff for the Proteas – which has been his priority – he’s also overseen Quinton de Kock’s promotion to One-day captain, started interrogat­ing the “cricket system” and developmen­t pipeline, travelled to India to meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s hierarchy, and met with the England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison. A review about the decision to shift from six domestic teams to 12 provincial sides is also being concluded by a committee chaired by