Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (AFP Photo)

Regular captain Faf du Plessis has said he is feeling fully fit and will be back to lead South Africa in the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe on Saturday. Du Plessis missed out the opening two matches through injury as South Africa clinched the three-match series 2-0.

Du Plessis hurt his shoulder while fielding during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in August in Kandy and was out of action for two months. JP Duminy led the side in his absence.

“Mentally and physically I’m feeling exceptionally good. I feel like a youngster in the team again – I have a spring in the step,” du Plessis said during a press conference on Friday.

The 34-year-old has an exceptional record against Zimbabwe, scoring 314 runs at 52.33 in six ODIs.

South Africa wrapped up the series with a game to spare on Wednesday during the second ODI, with Dale Steyn the batsman to thank. In his first ODI in two years, Steyn was at the forefront of South Africa’s win in Bloemfontein as he scored his maiden ODI fifty to help the hosts from 101/7 to 198.

Zimbabwe never came close, bowled out for 78 with Imran Tahir taking a hat-trick in his six-wicket haul.