South Africa’s cricket establishment acknowledges Faf du Plessis’ contribution both as a player and captain but it’s about time they look at the future with belief in Quinton de Kock’s leadership skills, interim director Enoch Nkwe said on Tuesday.
While the 35-year-old du Plessis is still the captain of the Test side, Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year’s World T20 in Australia. “We know where Faf stands as a captain and as a player. He has done great things for SA cricket. But we also need to look at what future looks like and we strongly believe in Quinton, who is going to be leading the team going forward,” Nkwe told reporters at the picturesque HPCA ground.
“We have a good leader and it’s an opportunity to start building for the future.”
Chance to assess
While admitting that India is a formidable team, Nkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International series, beginning on Sunday, will help them assess the Proteas.
“It’s the start of a new chapter and focus will be the coming series against India. We would be looking to lay a good foundation going into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia,” said Nkwe.
“We want to walk away with a series win and hope the entire squad is very determined. We are here to win and we understand that India’s position is strong in their backyard but we are going to give 100%.”
de Kock feels that adaptability is the key and believes the Dharamshala track will help batsmen. “I have been here before but haven’t played here. The last time we were here, the wicket did play very well,” he said.