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Boucher has a mandate to win, and Faf remains a key part of his plans

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There is no doubt a rebuilding Proteas team thoroughly enjoy having the cool, calm wisdom of Du Plessis during their first Test against Sri Lanka.


02 Jan 2021
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Boucher has a mandate to win, and Faf remains a key part of his plans

Veteran batsman Faf du Plessis will from now on focus only on T20 cricket. Picture: Getty Images

It is certainly part of Proteas coach Mark Boucher’s mandate to ensure a steady flow of youngsters come through and perform at international level, but his No 1 priority is for South Africa to have a winning cricket team, hence his decision to stick with veteran former captain Faf du Plessis, a move which was thoroughly justified in the first Test against Sri Lanka. The 36-year-old Du Plessis scored a magnificent, career-best 199 runs, an innings which began under pressure with South Africa slipping from 200 for two when he came to the crease, to 220 for four. Thanks to...

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