AGENCIES, Cape Town, South Africa: Under pressure due to his faltering performance, on Monday, 35-year-old Faf du Plessis announced that he was stepping down as South Africa’s Test and T20I captain. However, he added that he wanted to continue playing and mentoring the team as a batsman and a senior player.
During his career, Faf du Plessis captained the team in 112 matches across all formats and scored over 5,000 runs – and 11 centuries – as skipper. Quinton de Kock replaced Du Plessis as one-day captain in January and led the team in the recent T20 series defeat to England in the absence of Du Plessis, who was rested.
In a statement, Du Plessis said: “The last few weeks of rest away from the game have given me a lot of perspective on the great privilege and honour I have had in representing and leading my country in the three formats of this wonderful game.
“It has been a rewarding, sometimes tough and other times a lonely road, but I would not replace the experience for anything, because it has made me the man that I am proud to be today.
“As the team heads into a new direction, with new leaders and a young crop of players, I feel it will be in the best interests of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy in all formats.”
It’s no secret that Du Plessis struggled in the recent Test series against England, scoring just 115 runs at an average of 16.42 as South Africa slipped to a 3-1 defeat after winning the opening match. The batsman has not scored a century for more than a year.