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South Africa’s spirit remains undampened despite West Indies washout - Du Plessis

by Sahir Usman Jun 11, 2019 • 07:05 AM

“KG (Kagiso Rabada) did that against India as a small part of a role in a game. He picked the bowling unit up by just being the X-factor player that he is, so right now, we need individuals to stand up and step up to lift the team's morale. If you get that going, then other players can feed off their confidence.” 

Rabada delivered a threatening opening spell on Wednesday against India, in which he generated good bounce and beat the bat several times. 

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He was unable to repeat that on Monday, where conditions could have been similarly favourable. 

Had Rabada had the opportunity, du Plessis thinks this his strike bowler and new-comer Beuran Hendricks could have helped defend a small total. 

“In my mind, when I was looking at 30 or 35 overs, I was still feeling like if you get a score of 200, there was enough in that wicket with our bowling attack, especially playing Beuran today as well, an extra seamer,” he added. 

But in the end, du Plessis was pleased he did not have to play in a shortened game, which would have favoured West Indies. 

He added: “The further the game goes, the closer to a t20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favour. So as it got a bit later in the day, then you'd rather get the point and go.” 

“We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent and more solid cricket. If we do that, and the results start happening one by one, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages.”