Town - Faf du
Plessis joked with media on Thursday, referring to
Newlands as the 'Home of Cricket' in his pre-match press conference ahead of
the second Test against England.
The Proteas skipper may have been
based at Centurion for all of his South African domestic career with the
Titans, but he now lives deep in Cape Town's southern suburbs.
He is also captain of the Paarl
Rocks in the Mzansi Super League.
When the second Test gets
underway on Friday, most of the hype will centre around Proteas seamer Vernon Philander, who
will be playing his 11th and final Test at the iconic venue before retiring
from international cricket at the end of the series.
It will be a fitting farewell for
a man who has contributed so much to South African cricket, but there could be
another Newlands goodbye that slips under the radar in the form of Du
As it stands, the ongoing series
against England is the only Test cricket the Proteas will play at home until
either the end of the year or early next year, when they host Sri Lanka in two
There is a two-Test tour to the
West Indies in July/August, but that is the sum of the Proteas' Test
obligations this year with October's T20 World Cup in Australia the
It means that Du Plessis, who
will consider his international future after the T20 World Cup, might be in the
middle of his last home Test series and, like Philander, about to make his
final appearance at Newlands.
"I was the last one standing
with Vern now from our generation," he told media on the eve of the second
"I don't know, to be honest
with you. I said before that the T20 World Cup would be a crossroads in my
career where I would see where I'm at.
"Something will have to give
from a format point of view, and I don't know what that is yet."
After South Africa's
disappointing performance at the 2019 World Cup, where they finished seventh,
Du Plessis said he would have to consider his ODI future. That still seems the
likeliest format for him to step away from first.
"As a team if you look at
the next year, Test cricket and T20 cricket are probably our two main focus
points, so possibly in the ODI game we will start looking at guys who can get
opportunities," he said.
"There is not a lot of Test
cricket this year and this is the last one at home until December.
"In a perfect world I would
like to finish off in South Africa, but whether that will be the case, we'll
talk about it after the World Cup."