Du Plessis wants SA to be ready for World T20

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South Africa T20I captain Faf du Plessis says he and his team will use the next few games to get ready for the World T20, starting in India in March, with the Proteas having as much as five matches before the tournament.

The Proteas start a two-match series against England in Cape Town on Friday and they have a three-match series that they will host against Australia before they depart for the global event.

Du Plessis told reporters at Newlands on Thursday:  "I see these games just about giving most of the guys game time.

"You can't always guarantee everyone to play … it's just about trying to get the guys ready and feeling good before that first match starts in the World Cup.

"It's not always about the best thing for now, it's about looking ahead."

One player who is in the squad for the World T20 but will not be playing against the Three Lions is fast bowler Dale Steyn, who has not played in a competitive match since he broke down with a shoulder injury against England in the Boxing Day Test.

Steyn has been training with the national team but will not be risked until he is 100 per cent fit and, according to Du Plessis, might play against the Aussies.

On Steyn, Du Plessis said: "Dale looks fit. But we said we'd bring him into the mix for the games against Australia, just to give him some extra time to get back."

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