South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has finally got a sigh of relief when rain washed out the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday and ensured his team wins the series 1-0.
Quinton de Kock had joined Du Plessis at the crease and the latter said that even if rain had not intervened then he was prepared to defend all day. He said, “I was ready to come out and play my blockathon. New Zealand outplayed us in this game and deserved to win and they will count themselves unlucky. I’m pleased with another series to win away from home but to be honest, I think we played very much under par, especially the batting unit.”
In the first Test, they were 22-3 after winning the toss before the rescue act from Dean Elgar rescued act of 140 and century partnerships with du Plessis and Temba Bavuma. Elgar’s century was the only one from the Proteas side during the series.
Elgar was the only top-order batsmen in the leading six, with fast bowler Morne Morkel holding the third best average of 49 courtesy of 40 runs in Wellington and two other, not outs.
Du Plessis acknowledged that the team needs to lower down the number of collapses as it shouldn’t be happening on their tour of England starting in May, before home series against India and Australia. He said, “In a Test match when the series is on the line you are looking for your players to front up and make it as hard as possible for the opposition to get your wicket. I thought… that didn’t happen.”
The South African skipper concluded, “But the good, strong teams find ways to win Test matches and series. And while we didn’t play very well, we somehow found ourselves winning another away series.”