Du Plessis: Aus a big threat

2014-03-15 18:31

Centurion - South African captain Faf du Plessis believes Australia's strong batting line-up will have a significant impact in the World Twenty20 which starts in Bangladesh next week.

"They've got a powerhouse batting attack," said Du Plessis after Australia cruised to a six-wicket win over his team at SuperSport Park on Friday on the eve of the departure of both teams for the world event.

"Every one of their top seven or eight can take the game away from you," said Du Plessis. "That makes them very dangerous. They've also good quality fast bowling. They didn't give us anything to hit in the first six overs. They have a very good chance of getting to the semi-finals."

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, man of the match on Friday, said their Twenty20 squad had made the most of their two weeks in South Africa, despite rain washing out one match and reducing another to seven overs a side.

Australia won the three-match series 2-0 to follow a 3-0 clean sweep against England earlier this year.

"We've got a lot out of the three games against England and the two weeks here," said Starc, although he admitted going to Bangladesh was a step into the unknown.

"I've never been there and a fair few of us haven't been to Bangladesh," he said. "But we've got a warm-up game against New Zealand which will give us a good idea of what to expect. It will be a case of doing everything as well as we can before that first game."

Australia's first match of the tournament is against Pakistan in Mirpur on Sunday, March 23.

While Australia head to Bangladesh in confident mood, South Africa need to improve on two lacklustre performances.

Du Plessis admitted his side had performed poorly in all three disciplines.

"We lost early wickets and there were mistakes by the batting unit," he said. "We're not giving our big hitters the base to attack from. We bowled the wrong lines and lengths and we made mistakes in the field."

But Du Plessis said confidence remained high. "We've had good success in the sub-continent and we've got two warm-up games before the tournament. But we need to play our best cricket if we are to do well."

Du Plessis said the return of fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, nursing hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively, would add quality and experience to South Africa's bowling attack. Both are expected to be fit to play in scheduled warm-up games against Bangladesh A and Pakistan in Fatullah.


  • Kyri Demetriades - 2014-03-15 18:38

    SERIOUS bowling problems and batting order issues,They should make wholesale changes or stay home and avoid major embarrassment.

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  • UNITY - 2014-03-15 18:47

    Maybe use the loss against Oz, to look at the growing weakness of the Proteas in tests and T20s. Oz is generally a good indicator of its oponents poor performance. We lost the home series against OZ. The funny thing is, they are bouncing back and strong in world cricket, we are ranking it up, for now. The cracks however in the way we play cricket are clearly exposed and visible.

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 19:33

      U know I always tried to look past the quota comment, now I ask myself do we really have the strongest 11 out there!!! Are we still carring some weaklings!soon players themselves might want to drop themselves instead of waiting for a selector to do so!

  • Adrian Goliath - 2014-03-15 19:22

    I can say with great fear, Australia the cricket GIANT, have woken up from their slumber.

  • sige.gorabeb - 2014-03-15 19:54

    The Proteas, i.e. one day, T20 and test have excellent talent. The problem lies in the boardroom and maybe the captains performance on the match day.

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-15 20:41

    We don't expect much from the Proteas so maybe they will surprise..but I'm not holding my breath

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-16 06:34

    Yes faf, and you where also outplayed in all formats. Poor bowling all round, poor batting all round, and poor team selection. Andrew hudson is too scared to fire quota dimingo cause he will havr to answer to the sport minister! Our cricket is going down at a fast rate!

      Baas Verwoerd - 2014-03-16 09:30

      thiefeshan you rasbungy... go make some samoosas and do your fraudulent dealings on gumtree... leave cricket to us who knows the game

  • hornynick - 2014-03-16 07:30

    At this stage, Bangladesh is a threat!!

      James Smith - 2014-03-16 09:34

      yip. only to us.

  • Gavin Coomer - 2014-03-16 10:22

    Great headline....not. Everybody is a threat the way we playing

  • Jamie Cooper - 2014-03-16 12:51

    We didnt even start playing, and FAF is already choking??? my my my, what a douche bag!!! Not a bad team we got, but there is 2-3players thats not suppose to be there. But why they left out Abbott, only the chokers will see their problem later HAHA

  • Dyecha - 2014-03-16 12:55

    So we loose again hope u guys do better overseas. come on BOYS you are no 1

  • Tinus Fourie - 2014-03-16 13:37

    Kallis and Smith's decisions to retire at critical moments damaged SA cricket. Why couldn't Kallis have waited till after the Aus series? Why did Smith make his announcement during the test?

  • Allan Brits - 2014-03-17 00:02

    What??? Faf have you only woken up now dushbag I can see the headlines South Africa lose to Australia T20 by 50 runs and Australia didn't even bat

  • Shaun Naidoo - 2014-03-17 11:01

    Thats becos they whipped you backside in your own backyard. Retire you ar&& and talk all croonies with you. Get a new team

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