De Kock to call on Du Plessis' experience during India tour

By Patric Ridge 12 March 2020 1
De Kock to call on Du Plessis' experience during India tour

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock is delighted to have his predecessor Faf du Plessis available for the upcoming ODI series against India.

The three-match series begins at Dharamsala on Thursday, with further matches on Sunday and March 18.

De Kock, who took over as ODI skipper in January, led the Proteas to a 3-0 series whitewash of Australia earlier this month, with Du Plessis having been left out.

Du Plessis stood down as Test and Twenty20 captain in February, but was recalled to the squad for the trip to the sub-continent, and De Kock insisted the 35-year-old's experience will be key against the world's second-best one-day side.

"Obviously, Faf's come back and he plays a big role for us from a leadership point of view," De Kock told a news conference.

"He is here to help out a lot of the younger guys in our team. He still adds a lot of value for us and he knows he has a lot of value to give to this team.


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"It's good to have him around. His experience that he's learned over the years will be a big help for us in this series.

"He was given a chance to have a break. It's been a long season. It was important for him to put his feet up for a little bit, gather his thoughts and I'm just glad to have him back with us.

"We're undecided where he's going to bat at the moment but we'll come up with a decision later."

While De Kock acknowledged South Africa's squad lacked experience of playing in India, he claims the team are full of confidence heading into the tour.

"We understand that we're coming here as quite an inexperienced side in these conditions. It's important guys like Faf, myself, David Miller, help out the guys, lead the way," he added.

"We have a greater understanding. India have become an unbelievable team but we're coming here with a lot of confidence and I'm sure we'll have a good series anyway."

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