After AB de Villiers resigned as the captain of South Africa ODI team, Faf du Plessis is appointed as the new captain of the team. With this ODI leadership, du Plessis is now the captain across all formats of South Africa. He became the captain of the T20 team since 2013 February. In Test, he has been leading the squad since August 2016.
De Villiers resignation came after the team's low ebbed performance in the Champions Trophy. The player could not play in several tournaments due to injury as well as personal reasons. His captaincy tenure was not smooth as he missed several series. Still, the South Africa played strong throughout the summer season of 2016-17 winning eight tournaments. The actual slog came after the series loss to England. Another concern was the poor performance of the team in Test format.
The next assignment of South Africa is the campaign against Bangladesh. The team will play eight matches comprising of two in the longest format, three in the limited and three in the shortest version at home. This series will be the first assignment for Faf du Plessis as the captain across all formats. The team is also scheduled for tournaments against India after Bangladesh. This will be also at home. South Africa is scheduled for a tour to Sri Lanka only in July 2018. Thus, du Plessis will play a long season at home as the captain of the team.
South Africa also got their new Head Coach as Ottis Gibson, who was the bowling coach of England. Faf du Plessis will work with Gibson as the new captain of the ODI team. Du Plessis is one of the exemplary captains in cricket. Per CEO of Cricket South Africa, Haroon Lorgat, the player has established himself as one of best leaders in world cricket. Du Plessis was also appointed the captain of the World XI recently.
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