Faf: ‘It is extremely special for us’

Test cricket

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has no intention of taking his foot off the petrol against Australia, and will look to secure a three-nil series whitewash.

The Proteas won the second Test in Hobart with a day and a half to spare, by an innings and 80 runs, thus winning the series. Next stop: Adelaide.

The third Test is a day-night match, a first for the Proteas, but Du Plessis is determined to win that as well, and says the current players are thrilled with a third series win in a row Down Under.

Du Plessis said after the Hobart win: “We know how hard it is. We watched on TV for so many years how hard it was to was for South Africa to come here and do well.

“I suppose the younger guys looking from back home can see that it’s possible to come here and to an extent and dominate an Australian team.

“It is extremely special for us. It’s something we will remember as a team. That’s exactly what we came here to do, we want to create memories together.”

As for the whitewash, he added: “That is the mission for us now. We want to do that very badly. We won’t rest on our laurels and be happy with 2-1 or even 2-0.

“We’ve got Australia in a position where they are under pressure and we don’t want to let that go.

“It’s hard enough to get them in this position so we will do everything we can to make it 3-0.”

The skipper also praised the side’s collective effort, especially as Dale Steyn had gone home injured and Hashim Amla failed with the bat, leaving others to take the lead.

He added: “This team has been very close to exceptional. There haven’t been many things we’ve done wrong. We have been consistent in the way we perform.

“We are not relying on one or two players. All XI are putting our hands up at different times and that’s what you want from your team.”