Du Plessis to captain South Africa in Tests

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Du Plessis to captain South Africa in Tests

JOHANNESBURG: Faf du Plessis will captain South Africa in the Test series against India in October but may not lead the side in all formats, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) new acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl said on Tuesday.

Van Zyl, who was appointed to the acting role following the weekend purge of head coach Ottis Gibson and his coaching staff, said he would chair a selection meeting “in the next day-and-a-half” to discuss future strategy, which would include planning for the 2023 World Cup.

“Faf will be the captain of the Test team,” said Van Zyl. “But we need to look forward and we will talk about the white-ball strategy to 2023.”

South Africa will play three Twenty20 Internationals in India next month ahead of the Test series, their first in the new World Test Championship, which starts on October 2.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Thabang Moroe, the chief executive of CSA, said he hoped the appointments in a new structure for the national team would be made before England start a tour of South Africa in December.

On Sunday, CSA said a football-style team manager would be appointed, who would take charge of all aspects of the national team, including the appointment of a coaching staff, the captain or captains and medical and administrative personnel.

Moroe also suggested that policy would be directed from the top. “We want to see a more pro-active style of play with the team taking calculated risks and backing themselves,” said Moroe, who added that racial “representivity targets” (quotas) would remain in place with a target average of six black players in a team over the course of a season.

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