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ICC World T20 2014: No one’s place certain in South African team, says Faf du Plessis

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Faf du Plessis was not happy with the way South African batsmen played in the final T20 © Getty Images

Mar 15, 2014

South Africa’s Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has alarmed his team that no one’s place is certain, if the players are not going to lift their game, ahead of the ICC World T20 2014 tournament in Bangladesh.

South Africa were thrashed by six wickets in the third and the final T20 as Australia won the three-match series 2-0 with one match being washed out.

“We made a lot of mistakes with the bat and we didn’t lay a good base for our big hitters. David Miller and Albie Morkel need to come in when we’re on top. Having guys in form will be really important if we’re going to do well in the T20 World Cup. If people aren’t on top of their game then we’ll definitely look at other options, nobody is a certainty,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by Cricket365.

The South African captain said he was not happy with the way batsmen played their shots in the final T20.

“The pitch was quite tough for the first six overs, but we need to adapt and getting out caught like we did was soft dismissals. It sums up our batting effort and nine times out of 10 you’re not going to win games with soft dismissals,” du Plessis said.

Du Plessis also expressed his dissatisfaction with the way his bowlers bowled, as Lonwabo Tsotsobe , Albie Morkel and JP Duminy were particularly very expensive.

“Our bowlers made a lot of mistakes tonight… we bowled the wrong lines and lengths, but defending less than 130 makes it difficult for the bowlers.  I wanted them to bowl as straight as possible, but there was way too much square-of-the-wicket strokeplay. But having Dale and Morne back will be a huge bonus,” du Plessis said.

Imran Tahir was the most impressive among the South African bowlers, and du Plessis praised the spinner’s efforts.

“Imran bowled really well, which is a really good sign for us. He’s going to play a huge part in our success in the T20 World Cup, on those pitches, in those conditions,” he concluded.

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