Get ready. South Africa is on track to come down below Australia in its first games against Australia since the ball-handling scandal that ended at the beginning of this year.
Australia received a hostile reception from South African supporters during a grumpy tour that led to Newlands incident that resulted in bans for Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, and the South African captain Faf du Plessis is enjoying the reaction which he hopes to receive from fans and the media in Australia.
"Australia is our favorite team to play against" All the things that come with playing them, on and off the field, I love it and I feel that it brings out the best in us as a team and even from us as South Africans, we love it that fierce competition, "said Du Plessis on the day of South Africa's departure for a limited tour that includes three ODI and one T20I.
" It will be nice and hostile. The last two tours at home and away, certainly have been very entertaining outside the field. We are not exp ect nothing less. Zunaid, our security officer, has been working hard in the gym, is prepared for what is coming, "said Du Plessis, possibly only half joking." It is also a poker game. We hope they try to destabilize us as a team when it comes to media space, obviously, I'm at the forefront, but we see it as an integral part of a tour of Australia.
"It's definitely not an easy place to travel, the crowds do their part, they are like a man number 12. Their mental abilities and strength are as important as their ability." For many of the new types, it will be the first time enter the field and hear how good they are as human beings.
"That will be something new for them. You do not get much of that in any other place in the world, it's the only place where you still feel that the crowd is up and really behind the local team.
The fact that Plessis himself has twice found himself guilty of handling the ball in the past will not escape the attention of the media, and suggested that the entire team would be under greater scrutiny. "I think that this time there may be one or two more pitfalls for the players to try to stay away," he said. "But at the end of the day we want to go there and play a winning cricket brand."
The injuries have presented a new challenge, eliminating South Africa's batting squad and stopping the next stage of the 2019 Vision: its plan for the world cup. Du Plessis had wanted to be more focused on his World Cup chances when the team went to Australia, but the injuries of Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Wiaan Mulder have required further tweaks.
"We wanted to fine-tune our balance a bit more in this series, but then JP's injury is a big one for us, because he is a two-in-one player and we do not have many of them," said du Plessis. that now you almost look at two players instead of one instead, so there are some newer faces than what was anticipated for this series. "
Mulder and Duminy have been recently operated, Mulder in the ankle and Duminy in His shoulder, and both are expected to be out of action for at least three months, Amla's recovery has taken longer than expected, and the finger tendon injury he took during the Caribbean Premier League has affected his ability to grab the handle of the bat.
The team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, confirmed, however, that Amla is expected to remain fit to play as Durban Heat's Protea tide player in the Mzansi Super League in November. "Hashim took an injury to the ten finger Don, you must deal very delicately, "said Moosajee. "He's doing well, he's in a good moment right now, we hope he's fit to play in the T20 league with another three weeks of rest."
At the other end of the spectrum, South Africa is also welcoming a player back from an injury. Allrounder Chris Morris last played international cricket against India in February before injuring his back during the IPL. Since then he has returned to form and fitness in South African domestic cricket, and du Plessis was expecting the "X factor" that Morris could have in shape and confidence for his team.
"He has as much X factor as" He's a white-ball cricketer, and this is an important tour for him to make sure he starts doing well in terms of consistency, "said du Plessis of Morris. In his day he is as good as any other player in the world. Something that has always been important to him is that Morris is a very good cricketer and will have confidence in his performances at [domestic]. , I heard you've been working really hard. "