AUS v SA 2018: Kick'em while they're down, urges South African skipper Faf du Plessis

Leading the series 1-0, South Africa looks to storm their way to another win at Adelaide in the second ODI on November 9.

South Africa thumped Australia down at Perth in the first game | AFP

While no pleasure is taken from the turmoil that Australian Cricket finds themselves in, there are no apologies either for the ruthless on-field approach, said Proteas captain Faf du Plessis urging his boys to play tough and "kick" the opposition out while they are down. 

1-0 ahead in the three-match series, looking eagerly forward to the second ODI at Adelaide on Friday, November 9, Faf said, "It's never nice when it(the recent systematic issues and controversies in Australia) carries on for so long," but, "I think everyone in their camp would just like to start afresh now and make sure they can focus on the cricket."

This is where Faf further told the reporters present that it is a chance for South Africa to aggravate hosts' troubles on the field, where they have now lost 17 of their last 19 ODIs, and expressed, "I believe you have to (grasp the chance)," before stressing, "... If you do get an opportunity against Australia where you can put your foot on the gas, it's really important to try and do that because it's not often you get those opportunities."

On how, perhaps, Australia is genuinely missing its two best batsmen - Steve Smith and David Warner, Faf reflected, "Obviously from a results point of view, there is a bit of pressure on their batting line-up to score runs, the two batters that they have lost in Smith and Warner is huge for them." and emphasized, "We always felt in the past when we played them, if you get those two cheaply that you could put real pressure on the rest of the batting line-up, so, therefore, they do leave big holes."

 This is when the 34-year-old declined to offer his comments on whether the harsh bans after the infamous ball-tampering incident should be lifted.

"Initially when it happened, we thought that it was harsh on the players because there have been so many players that have been in similar boats, but it's difficult for me to comment, it's because I'm a South African, I'm not Australian," he said, "I wasn't here to understand how the people were affected by it or offended by it."

"The backlash that we saw in South Africa was massive. So we could see that obviously it's probably bigger in Australia than what it has been or will be anywhere else in the world. For me to comment on whether or not they be banned, I don't think it's my place," and signed off. 

(Inputs from AAP)


By Kashish Chadha - 08 Nov, 2018

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