Cricket: Du Plessis aims for Australia repeat against England


LONDON: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes his side could be on the verge of another impressive away series win if they maintain their recent form against England.

The Proteas head into Thursday’s third Test at The Oval all square at 1-1 in a four-match series following a thumping 340-run win in the second Test at Trent Bridge last week.

South Africa have a proud away Test record. In their past 19 series they’ve won 13, drawn five and lost just one — in India in 2015/16.

Their record under du Plessis is excellent, with just one defeat in 12 Tests when the 33-year-old batsman has been their captain.

Du Plessis’s successes as a Test skipper include the Proteas’ 2-1 series win in Australia in 2016/17, with the hosts’ lone win coming when South Africa were already 2-0 up.

“The situation felt very similar,” du Plessis told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday ahead of what will be the 100th Test staged on the south London ground.

Last week’s defeat saw England subjected to some scathing media criticism, particularly from several of their own former captains, and du Plessis said it had been a similar story when South Africa were in Australia



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