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Test: New Zealand tour of South Africa at Port Elizabeth, Jan 11-14, 2013". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 28 December 2020. Du Plessis among 21 foreign players to feature in PSL playoffs". Dawn. 3 November 2020 . Retrieved 3 November 2020. It will be the first appearance of Du Plessis in the PSL, though he had led a World XI to Lahore in 2017.

Considered to be the last in the golden generation of Proteas, he also won silverware with the Titans and his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings, multiple times. du Plessis is the first player to score a century in an innings of a day/night Test as captain. In the same game he set the record for declaration of the lowest ever total ever as an unbeaten captain, where he remained unbeaten on 118 in South Africa's first innings score of 259/9 dec. [52] I think some of those cultural barriers have been broken down,” he said. “It started with the IPL and you just notice, you run into these guys all the time, there’s different players from different countries playing with each other all the time, and so it’s not so much that ‘us versus them’ mentality that it used to be, and certainly I felt the IPL broke down a bit of the Australian mystique and character around that. Writing the autobiography – which was officially published at the end of October – was “a process that I thought would be a lot shorter”, Du Plessis said. “I thought it would be a six-to-nine-month thing and then bring the book out last year, but it took two and a half years.” The start During our first game at Centurion Park, about 15 players met in the dressing room for Nos to welcome us to this new environment.Fortunately, the franchise had high hopes for me: The older players started calling my name and I was included in the group as the rookie, which made me sign a rookie contract. He was charged with ball tampering during a Test match against Pakistan, in an incident he now dubs “zippergate”. That incident – like many others on his journey – although negative, made Du Plessis a better person at the end of it, he said.

Faf du Plessis captains the Saint Lucia Kings against the Trinbago Knight Riders on 18 September 2022. (Photo: Ashley Allen – CPL T20 / CPL T20 via Getty Images) I got out all my diaries throughout the years, which was mostly about leadership and talks I did with the team and culture around that. Then it just flowed into the book. [I spent] hours and hours, I’d be sitting until two in the morning and writing, so I really became obsessed with it.Test: Pakistan tour of South Africa at Cape Town, Jan 3-6, 2019". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 28 December 2020. Shortly after I finished school, the then provincial teams merged to form franchises. Northern Titans and Easterns merged and Dave Nosworthy was appointed as coach and Daryll Cullinan as captain. I was intensely frustrated by the end of the series. What was supposed to be a maiden voyage for Mark and me made me feel like a ship lost at sea.”

So, the relationship with AB, there’s a few stories in the book where we go through this journey together and fast-forward to him giving me my first cap as a Test player at the age of 28. Nine years after he made his international debut. Even fast-forward to right at the end when we were playing together. Some of the challenges that were there around captaincy and friendship and all of that.” And Hussey, whose career spanned both the end of Australia’s dominant era and the early days of players such as Maxwell, Khawaja, Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, is adamant that times have changed for the better. ODI: Australia tour of South Africa at Johannesburg, Oct 2, 2016". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 28 December 2020. Prior to his first Test, du Plessis had taken part in the IPL for Chennai and built a rapport with Hussey. Having watched du Plessis’ 376 minutes and 466 balls of defiance with a combination of irritation and admiration, Hussey quietly chose to hand his Chennai teammate a bottle of red wine as a token of congratulation.Numerous contemporary Australian players, such as Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja, have spoken about how they were uncomfortable being told not to talk to opposition players during series. ODI (D/N): Sri Lanka tour of South Africa at Durban, Feb 1, 2017". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 28 December 2020. AB de Villiers to have surgery, ruled out of Australia tour". ESPNcricinfo. 27 September 2016 . Retrieved 3 October 2016. Test: New Zealand tour of South Africa at Centurion, Aug 27-30, 2016". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 28 December 2020. After the failure of that World Cup (South Africa finished seventh in the 10-team showing), Du Plessis was once again determined to learn from his errors.

Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi among big names taken at LPL draft". ESPN Cricinfo . Retrieved 22 October 2020.

Faf Through Fire

I froze. 'Take your bag and sit in the bath,' he continued to scold. 'You don't deserve to sit here.'"

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