Skipper Du Plessis keen to twist the knife


South Africa captain Faf du Plessis wants to see his team complete an emphatic whitewash of Australia in the five-match ODI series and carry momentum into the Test tour Down Under.

Du Plessis recognised that South Africa have been mentally under the cosh against Australia for a long time and would like the Proteas to get on top.

The skipper said: “As a captain, its important the intensity we play at. That does not always mean verbally, it’s body language and the way you carry yourself on the field.

“When there is a battle that asks for another battle to come their way, that will happen. We are a team that will stand up against that. If that’s required of us as a team, we will also go into that space, but its a very focused and channeled aggression; more of a body language thing.”

South Africa have been impressive in the series thus far, out-performing the Aussies in every aspect, and showing great strength in depth.

Du Plessis added: “I am really impressed with the style of cricket we’ve played.

“The first game set the tone for us where Quinton played one of the best one-day knocks you will see and then out-batting has been a level above what we’ve seen in the past.

If you compare that to their batting, which is just as strong possibly on paper, maybe even stronger but they haven’t matched up with our batters at all.

“We haven’t allowed them to compete at times and even when they looked like they were going to compete, we stuck in and waited for the opportunity.

“In Durban, they were all over us and nine times out of ten, you should lose games like that. It took something magnificent for us to win and it’s happening more regularly in this team that guys are doing amazing things.

“The style of cricket we have played has been a new level, hopefully that’s something we can drive forward. We need to be make sure we keep playing like that because that’s the style I would like us to play.”

South Africa will visit Australia to play three Tests soon after the conclusion of this ODI series.