South Africa have been struggling for some time as they are in a team in transition. They struggled in the 2019 World Cup and have since seen the retirement of their legendary players in Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir and now their star bowler in Vernon Philander.
SA captain Faf du Plessis has been under pressure since. However, Faf has maintained he won’t be quitting Test cricket soon as he’s a leader and he doesn’t want to leave the ship midway. The tour of West Indies will be his last Test series, Du Plessis said.
But there are already talks to make Quinton de Kock, current skipper of ODI side, captain of SA across formats.
But wouldn’t be delaying the inevitable would do more harm than good? Cricwizz takes a look at the positives of Du Plessis’ retirement.
It will set the tone for a new leadership
De Kock is set to take over the leadership across formats. And making him captain across formats will be the ideal scenario, especially with the World T20 coming up in October. Faf’s leadership is not taking South Africa any places, and it won’t get worse under de Kock. In fact, Kock’s leadership may breed a fresh take on captaining South Africa across formats.
Faf is occupying a slot and his poor performance not helping him
Faf’s ordinary performance is not helping him and talks about his retirement is growing stronger. In the three Tests against England in the ongoing series so far, he has managed just 113 runs in 6 innings, making his place in XI questionable.
Faf is not growing any young
Faf has reached the age when most cricketers go slow in reflexes or lose form and stop enjoying the game. At 35, Faf has reached that mid-age crisis and seems to have stuck at a dead-end. It’s time for fresh blood in South Africa squad to energise the team. If Faf is looking at World T20 at his farewell tournament, he may not get the chance unless he has a great IPL season for CSK.
South Africa have done it before
South Africa had invested in a young and inexperienced player in Graeme Smith to take over from Shaun Pollock after the Proteas were stuck in a rut. And Smith learned on the job and became one of the best skippers for South Africa across formats. South Africa need to take a lesson from that hard decision and make a choice finally.