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Faf du Plessis: I prefer batting at No 3

Faf du Plessis scored his second ODI ton against Australia on Tuesday © Getty Images (File Photo)
Faf du Plessis scored his second ODI ton against Australia on Tuesday © Getty Images (File Photo)

Sep 3, 2014

South African batsman Faf du Plessis is relishing the opportunity to bat at No 3. Du Plessis scored his second One-Day International (ODI) hundred but failed to save his team from the 62-run defeat against Australia. He also said that with the form he is in, it is necessary for him to make it count and keep scoring well.

“I’ve said before that my job is to score hundreds. I ticked that box, but getting a hundred and crossing your team over the line is much sweeter. Even when I was scoring I always felt like it was too far away because we kept on losing wickets. I’m hitting the ball nicely, but I feel I can still improve quite a bit,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by sport24.

“I’m enjoying the number three role. I think it suits me a lot better than it did at number six. What is really important for me is to get big runs when you are in some sort of form. It (form) can change really quickly, I need to make sure I keep putting in big runs for the team.”

Du Plessis reflected on the loss to Australia and said that his team lacked the partnerships necessary to chase down 283 and the wicket was on the slower side making it difficult to play the shots. “The way the wickets play here is the reason for that. The ball gets slower so it’s difficult when you come in as a new batter to score runs. It’s definitely the toughest time of the innings to bat. In saying that, you need to make sure that when you get a partnership going you extend it as long as possible,” he said.

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