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Faf's coin toss record is poor, but it's not the worst ...

2020-01-17 13:35
Joe Root (left) and Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Joe Root (left) and Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis joined an exclusive - and unwanted - club when he lost the toss ahead of the third Test against England at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

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When England captain Joe Root correctly called Du Plessis' toss, it marked the SIXTH consecutive occasion that Du Plessis had been on the wrong end of the flip.

Du Plessis joined fellow South African captains Percy Sherwell (1906-10), Jack Cheetham (1954/55), Hansie Cronje (1999-2000) and Shaun Pollock (2001-02) on a half dozen Test toss losses.

Out in front?

Du Plessis' current 'boss', CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith, who, between 2008/09 lost the toss on no fewer than eight consecutive occasions.

On the assumption he plays, Du Plessis will have another chance to put an end to his lack of toss 'form' in the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers, starting on Friday, January 24.

Incidently, the captain with the most consecutive Test toss losses worldwide is former England skipper and current commentator on the SA v England Test series, Nasser Hussain, who lost 10 between 2000/01.

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- Compiled by Garrin Lambley

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