South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis will remain absent in the first match of the forthcoming test series against England. As reported, the player will be busy in domestic occasion. The first test match is scheduled to start on July 6 in Lords. South Africa will play four test matches in the series, which are scheduled at Trent Bridge, The Oval and Old Trafford. The player is most likely to stay with his wife and give some time to his family. In fact, the player just had a baby and it was his first child.
Reportedly, the birth was a “difficult delivery” and Plessis will be with his wife. South Africa team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee said the “difficult nature” of the birth delayed Plessis’ return to England. The player was in the ODI team playing the Champions Trophy, after which, he headed back immediately to home. As the next Test series is at England itself, the batsman was supposed return.
Plessis also missed the T20 series ahead of the test to be with his family. Per Moosajee, the player’s wife and the baby is now “settled at home”. However, Plessis has extended his stay at home and will return only for the second test match. As the captain will be absent the team management will have to select a stand-in captain for the match. Without the player, two fronts of the team will get affected. The batting as well as the fielding. Moreover, the squad for the match has a couple of new players with less experience. Theunis de Bruyn, Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram are the players on the line up.
The management has selected Dean Elgar as the captain for the first match. Elgar is taking the helm for the first time. The rest of the new players are will less experience. De Bruyn is playing his second test series. His maiden play in the format was not that upbeat. He will bat in the middle order. Kuhn is most likely to bat in the top order. Another player Aiden Markram is new in the circuit.
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