Du Plessis: South Africa’s future unclear after 2019

Faf du Plessis future after 2019 unclear South Africa cricket

Faf du Plessis: “I think it’s something that we can only decide in time”

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has admitted that he is unsure of what the future holds for the Proteas after next year.

There has been a lot of speculation that a mass exodus could occur, whereby players like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir and Du Plessis could retire from international cricket.

Pace bowler Morne Morkel retired from international cricket after the recently concluded four-Test series against Australia, which the Proteas won 3-1 to mark their first-ever victory on home soil against Australia since 1970.

Despite Morkel’s departure, Du Plessis made it clear that nothing is set in stone when it comes to the other senior members in the side.

“I think it’s something that we can only decide in time,” Du Plessis was quoted as saying by Sport24. “There has been a lot of talk about 2019 and the World Cup, but the last year has moved so quickly and now we’re a year away from the World Cup.

“All of us are in a similar boat where we’re just taking it series by series and if the hunger is still there, from my perspective, I’ll try and push for as long as I can.”

Despite the future being shrouded in mystery, Du Plessis pointed out that his side should enjoy their series win over Australia.

“Everyone stood up,” he said. “For Aiden [Markram] in his first big series, I remember coming out to bat with him in Durban and there was a lot of chirp that he only scores runs against the small nations. He’s looking pretty good after this series. Even before this series I knew he was special.

“There is big depth to our squad now. We are losing a big player in Morne but I do feel there are guys who can step up. This, as a whole, is the most complete we have been in a series.”

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