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South African captain Faf du Plessis announced his retirement plans

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BRISBANE: South African captain Faf du Plessis said on Friday that the T20 World Cup in Australia in two years time will be his last.

The 34-year-old, who has led his country in two World T20 campaigns, in 2014 and 2016, is keen to play a third but will then step aside.

“The T20 World Cup in 2020 is something I’m really looking forward to. I think right now that will probably be the last tournament for me,” he said in Brisbane ahead of a one-off T20 against Australia on Saturday.

Du Plessis, who is skipper across all three formats, made his T20 debut in 2012 and has played 41 times, scoring 1,237 runs at an average of 35.34.

Faf du Plessis has has played 41 T20I, scoring 1,237 runs at an average of 35.34. Photo: PCB / Getty

Du Plessis, who has just led the Proteas in three one-dayers against Australia and clinched their first ODI series win in Australia since 2009 and left Australia with plenty to ponder ahead of India’s arrival this month for a three-format tour.

South Africa celebrate their series victory. Photo: Getty Images

After clinching the series Faf du Plessis said that. “It’s good, I thought we played our best game of cricket. We challenged ourselves to put in a performance. A high pressure game. From a batting point of view we were, but from a death-bowling point of view we were excellent”.

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Really good that we could get tested against two set batsmen and the way we responded was great to see. Myself and Dave had to somehow get a score together, we talked about trying to get to 240 but with Dave’s power we were able to get going. We’ll remember this place fondly, he added.

The 2020 World Cup takes place between October 18 and November 15 across eight Australian cities.

 

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