Faf: My form doesn't warrant ODI captaincy

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South Africa batsman and T20 captain Faf du Plessis says he is not ready to take over the one-day leadership because his form at the moment doesn't guarantee him a place in the side.

South Africa batsman and T20 captain Faf du Plessis says he is not ready to take over the one-day leadership because his form at the moment doesn't guarantee him a place in the side.

Wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers is the ODI captain, and while Du Plessis says he would love to add another job to his resume, his form during the tour to Sri Lanka would not justify taking over the role.

Du Plessis had a very poor tour to Asia, with only his final innings in the third T20 resulting in decent runs. He made 85 in that match as the Proteas won the series, but in the seven limited overs games before that, he top-scored with 23.

Du Plessis told <i>Cricinfo</i>: "My performances need to be better if I want to be considered as ODI captain. In Sri Lanka, I was under pressure to score runs and I knew that.

"AB and I are different captains and we use each other, when it comes to discussing things. I'd love to captain the ODI side but I know it's not going to happen at the moment.

"The captain needs to be the first name on the team sheet, so I have to make sure I am there."

With De Villiers' full plate, considering he keeps wicket and is the side's best batsman, the possibility of Du Plessis taking over the ODI leadership is not a fanciful one, and he says he would be thrilled to do it.

He added: "I love captaining and adding value in that way. I like giving the talks that a captain gives and dealing with the high pressure times. I even like taking the flak of making decision myself, like when it comes to bowling changes.

"The captain needs to make tough decisions and I don't mind making them. If you're honest with players, they respect you. Everybody knew we were experimenting a bit and we will try a experiment a little more because we need have our best combinations."

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