South African captain Faf du Plessis He warned his team against complacency, as they take a 1-0 series lead within the second Test against England, from whom he expects a violent reaction in Newlands on Friday.
The 107 race victory within the first Test in Pretoria on Sunday halted a series of 5 consecutive Test defeats for South Africa, but any thoughts players may have about returning to the track must dissipate, he said Thursday.
We really haven’t achieved anything as a test team; We just won a match, Du Plessis said at a pre-test news conference.
“There remain tons to try to do so we will go where we would like to travel as a test team.
For me, it’s about understanding as a team that standards must rise a touch.
We were lucky to be ready to get a victory in Pretoria, but we understand that the cricket test against England won’t always follow our path, he continued.
If you’re taking your foot off the throttle and complacency creeps in, we’ll play normal cricket again.
This is the message that Bouch (coach Mark Boucher ) and that I am trying to drive range in a previous couple of days, and that we will continue driving.
Du Plessis confirmed that the batter Temba Bavuma He was fit again, but he wouldn’t return to his No. 5 spot on the team since Rassie van der Dussen will have more opportunities to prove himself after scoring 50 within the debut last week.
The exclusion of Bavuma means South Africa is dispensing with its racial quota for team selection, where each team must have a minimum of two black Africans and 4 others from the country’s mixed and Indian communities.
South Africa didn’t reach that goal in Pretoria and can do so again within the second test, but Du Plessis tried to attenuate a possible controversy.
We don’t see the color and it’s important that folks know it. the chance is extremely important for any color and it’s important to be fair to all or any players to offer them an opportunity.
Temba is going to be the primary to acknowledge that he had a really good opportunity which they can’t be pointed with the fingers.
Bavuma, 29, has not had half a century in his last 12 test innings with a batting average that now drops to 39.24 in 39 test games.