Faf to call on Biff for advice

2016-11-02 15:01
Graeme Smith (Supplied)

Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says he will be drawing on as much expert opinion as possible ahead of the first Test against Australia in Perth on Thursday. 

Du Plessis has only captained the Proteas in two Test matches to date when he guided the side to a 1-0 win in the two-match series against New Zealand on home soil back in August. 

This, though, is the ultimate Test of his leadership as he continues to fill in for the injured AB de Villiers.

"The most important thing for me as a leader is to put your ego aside and ask and learn, because there is a lot of valuable information out there," said Du Plessis on the eve of the first Test. 

"I've spoken to AB. He's enjoying life in South Africa but he misses us." 

Du Plessis added that he was due to have a conversation with Graeme Smith, who orchestrated South Africa's famous series wins in Australia in 2008/09 and 2012/13. 

"I'm actually supposed to be speaking to Graeme a bit later just to try and get some ideas of how he did things when he was over here," Du Plessis confirmed.

"He was obviously a very successful captain so I'm looking forward to that conversation.

"It's important. There is a lot of valuable information in those two cricket brains (De Villiers and Smith).

"That’s the great thing about captaincy, I’ve found out that you never stop learning."

Play on Thursday gets underway at 04:30 (SA time). 


Bailey eager for success

2016-12-03 12:14

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

26 December 2016
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Port Elizabeth 10:00
02 January 2017
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Cape Town 10:00
12 January 2017
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Johannesburg 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Assuming AB de Villiers is over his elbow injury, who should skipper the Proteas in their Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.