Faf du Plessis
33-Year-Old All Rounder South Africa
February 2, 2018 Faf du Plessis News
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Du Plessis led the way for South Africa in its first ODI defeat against India by scoring 120 off 112 with the help of 11 fours and two sixes in Durban on Friday.
The right-handed batsman has showed his class time and again for his side, and on Friday, he had another outstanding day with the bat. With his team reeling at 134 for five, the 33-year-old scored a stunning hundred, which was his ninth in the 50-over format and first since February 2017, to help Proteas post a competitive 269-run total on the board. The team management will be especially pleased to see Du Plessis' comfort while playing against spinners in the innings which lasted 183 minutes, , and will be hoping that he will continue his good work in the rest of the series as well.
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Fantasy AnalysisWhile it was initially unclear the severity of the skipper's injury, particularly considering the match situation which he was removed as the Proteas were coasting to victory over Bangladesh, the prognosis is more severe than originally anticipated. With that said, he's still on-track to compete in his next commitment, with the cancellation of the T20 Global League, due to start on November 3, he'll have two full months to heal up for the start of a busy 2018.
Fantasy AnalysisDu Plessis was well on his way to his ninth ODI ton, having not scored a single run in the first two matches against Bangladesh, but a back injury restricted him to 91 and will knock him out of the upcoming T20I series. With the cancellation of South Africa's global T20 league, he'll have until Boxing Day to rest up when it comes to playing for the national team. In his stead, JP Duminy will take on the role of skipper and he'll be replaced by Dwaine Pretorius in the squad.
Fantasy AnalysisThe skipper has been in excellent form of late, nearing a century in a first-class match used as a tune-up after a long summer of limited-overs matches and was in form against Bangladesh in the two-nil thrashing. He followed up his second innings half-century at Potchefstroom with an unbeaten century in the first innings. He narrowly missed out on his top-score, coming up just two runs shy after opting to declare at 573 for 4 with 17 overs to tea.
Fantasy AnalysisDu Plessis was named the Test captain in August of last year after previously being named T20 skipper in in February 2013. The talented middle-order batsman has excelled in all three formats of the game and was an obvious choice for the final format. His first assignment as the captain across all formats will come later in September when South Africa hosts Bangladesh in two Tests, three ODIs and three T20s.
Fantasy AnalysisStepping into the crease at No. 5 at three for 40, his 123 run partnership on the fourth wicket with Hashim Amla gave South Africa a glimmer of hope, but once Amla lost his wicket, it was all downhill for the Proteas. After a miserable third Test at The Oval, du Plessis found his rhythm and form in the last innings en route to his 14th Test half-century. After a brutal tour, du Plessis and the Test squad will look to return to their winning ways when they host Bangladesh at the end of September.
Fantasy AnalysisThe South African captain faced just eight balls in the match, scoring just a single run in the first innings and was beaten on almost identical deliveries-the first innings by Jimmy Anderson on a lbw and the second by Ben Stokes for a golden duck. After looking like the calming influence to guide his side to victory in his return at Nottingham, du Plessis helped contribute to his side's collapse in the third Test. He'll look to salvage things in the series finale at Manchester, starting on Friday.
Fantasy AnalysisDu Plessis is yet to return to the UK after returning home for the birth of his first child. Cricket South Africa released a statement saying it was a "difficult birth" and he will only return to England once the baby and his wife are "settled." If the Protea captain should miss the match, batsman Dean Elgar will lead. Either Aiden Markram or Theunis de Bruyn could fill the batsman's spot with de Bruyn tipped to get the nod since he already has one Test cap.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Test captain has long wished to play Test cricket at Lord's and the 32-year-old could miss his final opportunity to play there due to the birth of his first child. This year, du Plessis has been in solid form in Test cricket, going for an average of 48.83 with three half-centuries in eight innings and scored at least 26 runs in each of South Africa's three Champions Trophy matches. If he cannot go, South Africa will need to replace both he and AB de Villiers, which may see Hashim Amla drafted back into the side along with a number of other options including Dean Elgar or JP Duminy.
Fantasy AnalysisComing to the crease with the score at 22 for three, Du Plessis provided half of a partnership that turned the corner for South Africa early on in the first test. Along with centurion Dean Elgar, the pair took the total from a dangerous 22 for the loss of three to four for 148 when the captain departed for 52. His determined innings came from 118 balls and included seven boundaries when he was caught in the deep by Trent Boult off a short ball from Jimmy Neesham.
Fantasy AnalysisSmall totals can be tricky but Du Plessis steered the 150-run chase with uncharacteristic patience at strike rate of 56.66 compared to his career strike rate of 87.13. Du Plessis had already seen three partners by the time the wicket of the South Africa captain AB de Villiers had reduced them to 88/4. Joined afterwards by David Miller, the two put on a stand of 62 for the fifth wicket, the highest of the match, to see the Proteas home. The 32-year-old batsman brought up his 26th ODI 50 with the last ball of the match, which he savagely pulled through mid-wicket for four.
Fantasy AnalysisWith du Plessis and JP Duminy at the crease looking established with the total on 128, it looked as though South Africa could put up a challenging total on a slow pitch. They then went on to loss three quick wickets and relied on a late resurgence from A B de Villiers and Wayne Parnell to take them through to a challenging screw of 279 at the end of their 50 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisSouth Africa's T20 captain was in early for his side on Friday with Quinton de Kock being dismissed by Trent Boult early for a duck. Together with Hashim Amla, the pair built the key partnership of the game worth 87 runs to take the Proteas to 102 when du Plessis was dismissed in the 12th over for 36. His innings came from 25 balls and included three sixes and a four.
Fantasy AnalysisSouth Africa's vice-captain was also named man of the match for the second consecutive game for his sublime performance with the bat, hitting a career high 185 from only 141 deliveries to take his side through to 367. Du Plessis was in from the second over when Hashim Amla was dismissed until the last over of the innings when du Plessis was caught by Asela Gunaratne off the bowling of Lahiru Madushanka.
Fantasy AnalysisDue to A B de Villiers' return to the side following injury, du Plessis was relived of the captaincy role. This appears to gave worked in favour of his batting form as he struck a crucial 105 from 120 balls and assisted in taking his side to 307 with fellow centurion David Miller. In the field du Plessis was also a big presence by taking three catches through Sri Lanka's innings.
Fantasy AnalysisWith AB de Villiers still recovering from elbow surgery, du Plessis has done an excellent job in the interim, having led the team to Test series victories over New Zealand and Australia with a 5-0 ODI series victory over Australia thrown in for good measure. While not as experienced at the Test level as his predecessor, his leadership has been widely praised and he's no slouch with the bat either, having totaled six centuries and eight half-centuries in his 34 match Test career.
Fantasy AnalysisSouth Africa's captain hit 118 of his sides 259 from a total of 164 deliveries. This innings included 17 fours and was his sixth century for his nation.
Fantasy AnalysisThe talented batsman has really stepped up his form of late, scoring 213 runs over his past three ODI's (all victories) including a century and a half-century over that span. With South Africa jumping out to a 4-0 series lead over Australia, du Plessis should be challenging for "man of the series" as his performances in the crease have been a big reason why South Africa enjoys this wide series lead.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter pedestrian scores in each of the past two ODI's, du Plessis turned the screw on Sunday, hitting for his sixth century in 94 ODI matches. Despite facing the top-ranked ODI squad in Australia, du Plessis made a meal of them to take home man of the match honors and help guide South Africa to a 2-0 lead in the series. He'll look to carry his form into Wednesday's third ODI of the five-match series.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a relatively sub-par summer for the talented batsman and a shaky start to the series, scoring just 23 runs in the first Test of the series against New Zealand, du Plessis went to work in the first innings. This was his fifth ton in his Test career over 47 innings. While the second innings were one to forget for the middle-order batsman, scoring just six off 28 in an uneventful half-hour in the crease, South Africa look to be in the driver's seat heading into the final two days of the Test.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter both of the Patriots' openers were sent off in the Powerplay, du Plessis found some chemistry with his initial partner JJ Smuts, exchanging the strike with regularity. However, boundaries were difficult to come by, and the loss of Smuts in the ninth kicked off a cascade of wickets, a 50-run stand with Jonathan Carter aside for the fifth. When du Plessis hit to Shane Watson at square leg in the 18th, the visitors required 47 from just 15, which was too much for the bottom order to overcome.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis opened the tournament with respectable scores (30 and 27) but was unable to uphold that standard in the next three, recording single-digit tallies on each occasion. On Wednesday, his side faced long odds in their quest to chase 180 successfully. While Lendl Simmons and JJ Smuts burst forth with 35 on the back of six fours, the former's exit on the last ball of the third brought du Plessis to the crease. Within 25 balls, two more teammates had hit the showers, while the RRR had slowly risen from 8.58 to 9.50. As the second innings moved on, that figure continued to increase, and when he was bowled in the 16th, the Patriots needed an imposing 66 from the last 28, which didn't come to pass.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis was one of six marquee overseas players to be selected in February's CPL draft. While he'll be making his debut in the tournament, he'll join forces with Lendl Simmons, Thisara Perera, and Carlos Brathwaite to form a well-balanced team. du Plessis' last stay in a domestic T20 tournament was abbreviated due to a broken finger, which contained him to six appearances with the Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL9. Before leaving RPS, though, he managed two 50s en route to a 34.33 average and 127.16 strike rate.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis joined Kevin Pietersen among the walking wounded to drop out of the tournament, forcing the South African to embark upon an estimated six-week recovery. Such a prognosis will encroach upon the Proteas' first match of the Tri-Nation series in West Indies on June 3. Nevertheless, du Plessis departs India with a 34.33 average and 127.16 strike rate with the help of two half centuries in six innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Supergiants were dealt an early blow following Ajinkya Rahane's dismissal before the first over was through, after which du Plessis and Steve Smith were contained to 24 by the end of the fourth. Fortunately for the visitors, just 119 was required to clinch the win, and a barrage of the ropes from the duo served to whittle down the required run rate to 3.60 upon du Plessis' exit on an edge to the keeper in the ninth. After back-to-back abbreviated outings, du Plessis recaptured his form from the first three games of the tournament, which included back-to-back 60s.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis has performed much of the heavy lifting for the Supergiants in their inaugural season, with a pair of half centuries through three matches. On Sunday, he began with a flourish, striking six fours among his first 20 balls faced, but as the first innings wore on, he mustered only two more before departing on a return catch on the first ball of the 20th. Along the way, he found particular success with Kevin Pietersen (55 for the second wicket) and Steve Smith (63 for the fourth), but ultimately Rising Pune's tally of 152 was tracked down by Punjab with eight balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile preparing for last month's series against New Zealand, du Plessis sustained a knee injury, which wiped all five fixtures from his potential slate. Subsequently told that he would require at least four weeks of recovery sans running, he intends to begin workouts at some point next week, but expect the batsman to ease into them in order to avoid a setback. His progress, or lack thereof, will determine his availability for the tour, of which he'll be available for all three T20s, five ODIs, and four Tests, when healthy.
Fantasy AnalysisIn preparation for the series versus the Black Caps, du Plessis sustained the ailment and subsequently missed a pair of T20s. Taking on the No. 3 spot in the Proteas' order Wednesday was Rilee Rossouw, who will assume the role for the two remaining ODIs of the series. Given his recovery timeline, du Plessis should be available for the upcoming tour of India, which commences on Oct. 2 with the first of three T20s.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis's lack of participation in the second Test at Bangladesh wasn't noted due to rain canceling out the final days of the match. However, after missing the two T20s to kick off the current series, there is growing worry within the Proteas' faction that he won't return in the three ODIs to come. As long as he remains sidelined, Farhaan Behardien will take du Plessis' place in the playing XI.
Fantasy AnalysisA stalwart member of the Super Kings' middle order, du Plessis could be relied upon for a score in at least the mid-20s throughout the tournament. However, the inability of the any member of CSK to sustain an innings outside of Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina aided in the 41-run defeat. Tallying one half century and two not outs in 13 innings, du Plessis averaged 29.23 at a modest 125.00 strike rate. He'll likely have to wait to make his presence felt in July's tour of Bangladesh, which includes two T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis' actions helped the Super Kings keep pace in the chase with the Indians' first-innings total of 187, scattering five fours and one six about the field. After contributing to partnerships of 46 and 40 for the second and third wickets, respectively, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were sent off on back-to-back balls in the 11th, which set back CSK's pursuit. Upon du Plessis' departure in the 14th, he had in hand his fourth consecutive score greater than 29, a span in which he's averaged 39.50 at a strike rate of 128.45.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis didn't exactly put on a power display, but his performance held together Chennai's pursuit of Punjab's first-innings total of 130. His initial partnership with Brendon McCullum stalled before any semblance of chemistry could be established, as the Kiwi was bowled on their fifth ball together. However, du Plessis proceeded onward with Suresh Raina, racking up 92 off 70 to place CSK within striking distance of a successful chase. As the toss of Tuesday's Qualifier 1 against the Indians approaches, du Plessis has in tow a 38.42 average at a strike rate of 131.21 in his last eight innings.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis came on at No. 4 with the Super Kings contained to just 34 in the first 8.1 overs. With a serious rescue attempt required, he set off with Suresh Raina, notching two fours in the first five balls of their partnership. Shortly thereafter, Raina hit to short cover, though, and MS Dhoni proceeded to stall any sort of respectable recovery. In his last eight IPL innings, du Plessis has tallied between 17 and 33 runs en route to a 35.66 average at a strike rate of 130.48.
Fantasy AnalysisComing on at No. 4 in the sixth over, du Plessis teamed up with Suresh Raina for the Super Kings' most-productive tandem, or 64 off 52. However, the South African provided little punch, with only one six to show for his efforts, as he alternated the strike to keep the ticker turning. du Plessis was held to a combined 44 runs in his first three innings of IPL8, but in his past five, his tallies have ranged from 20 to 33. With two unbeaten outings during that span, he's recorded a healthy 46.33 average at a strike rate of 139.00.
Fantasy AnalysisActing as No. 4, du Plessis entered in a comfortable spot (64 off 8.4) and slow played the strike for the remainder of the match, sidestepping wicket after wicket of his teammates. Among his five partnerships, only one surpassed 14 runs -- 36 with Ravindra Jadeja -- while the run rate during du Plessis' time in the crease settled at a middling 6.17. Through seven matches of IPL8, du Plessis has wielded the bat on five occasions, scoring 30-plus twice en route to a 35.33 average and 121.83 strike rate.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis entered at No. 6 after another middling innings from captain MS Dhoni. Upholding a semblance of the outburst supported by Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina in the first 13 overs, du Plessis was the sole Super Kings batsman to cobble together a successful showing thereafter, finding openings in the field to the tune of four fours and even blasting a six. Wednesday's contest doubled as du Plessis' top score of IPL8, as he tallied 32, 11, and one in three previous innings. He now boasts a satisfactory 25.66 average at a strike rate of 132.75.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis cobbled together two modest partnerships on this veritable All-Star team -- 33 runs in 4.1 overs with Dwayne Smith and 29 off another 4.1 with Ravindra Jadeja -- helping guide the Super Kings to 150 in the first innings. After two-plus IPL seasons, du Plessis is averaging 30.54 at a strike rate of 130.19, with five 50s to his name in 25 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisIn an innings interrupted by a lengthy rain delay, du Plessis kept up his consistent World Cup form, striking seven fours and one six. After being off the field for an extended period, he had to change his batting style, as only five overs remained. His average for the tournament, coming in at No. 3, has been a healthy 63.33.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Proteas stifled Sri Lanka's opening attack, containing them to 133 runs before the wickets ran dry. In the first innings, he aided his bowlers with three key catches, and when opener Hashim Amla fell at 1/40 in the seventh over, du Plessis managed the strike with de Kock to bring their side home victorious. In six World Cup fixtures so far, du Plessis ranks among the Top 15 run producers with 298 for a 59.60 average and 87.13 strike rate. At the very least, his lower back injury appears to be behind him.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter missing last Thursday's final game of group play, du Plessis will bring his 55.40 average and 89.06 strike rate across five World Cup fixtures into the knockout stage.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis' back concern wasn't apparent immediately after Thursday's contest. No matter, he should slot into his typical No. 3 spot in the Proteas' XI on Wednesday. In his five World Cup matches to date, he averaged 55.40 at a strike rate of 89.06.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis' replacement, Farhaan Behardien, contributed 64 off 31, easily his most productive innings of 2015. However, du Plessis was a part of South Africa's XI in the first five games of the World Cup, averaging 55.40 at a strike rate of 89.07. Expect the allrounder to return to the order once the knockout stages start next Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Quinton de Kock's early dismissal, du Plessis and Hashim Amla again composed a symphony of cricket. Their partnership gleaned 247 off 36.1 overs, which followed up a 127-run stand last Friday against the West Indies. Neither was lacking for power, but du Plessis' 10 fours and one six were outpaced by Amla's 16 and four, respectively. Through four World Cup matches, du Plessis has averaged a more-than-respectable 62.50 with an 88.65 strike rate.
Fantasy Analysisdu Plessis entered after Quinton de Kock's dismissal at 5.4, and in his patient partnership with Hashim Amla, they produced 127 off 23.4 overs. While du Plessis bowled his first overs in ODI action this year, conceding 17 off three, his greatest contribution will always come with the bat. With back-to-back 50s on his ledger, he's averaged 35.33 with a 73.36 strike rate in the format in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisSouth Africa opened with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, but the pair had hit the showers by the completion of the 11th over. du Plessis and AB de Villiers proceeded to partner for 68 runs in 12.3 overs, but the going was tough against on point bowling and active fielding. In his last six ODIs, du Plessis has notched two 50s for a 30 average and 68.49 strike rate, which fall short of his career marks (34.03 and 84.03, respectively).
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough considered an all-rounder in some circles, today's outing marks the first time du Plessis has bowled in an international game since January 2013. His batting, though, is something that will need to improve, as he struggled at home against the West Indies in January, averaging just 23.66 with a strike rate of 61.20. His top score through the five games was an unbeaten 51 at East London, and the Proteas will want him to get closer to his career ODI average, which sits at a healthy 33.84 with a career strikerate of 84.35.