Johannesburg - Proteas T20 skipper Faf du
Plessis admits experimentation will be a high priority in their two matches
against Bangladesh as they look towards next year’s ICC World Twenty 20
Championships in India.
“These games are important, especially for
the younger guys, who don’t get much opportunity, and this is great to see what
they can do,” Du Plessis said ahead of their departure to Bangladesh on Monday.
“Mostly it is to get the younger guys prepared
for when they get to England.”
Du Plessis and his charges had three months
to recuperate following the 2015 World Cup and the captain was rubbing his
hands together with glee as the shortest format of the game would receive more
“I am looking forward to the T20 side of
things as a leader to try form a team that you think can win a World Cup and we
have a really good idea,” he said.
“I think we will have a really strong side,
so from a T20 perspective I am very excited.
“It is nice that some of the focus comes to
the T20 side because now most of the main players can play in most of the
While nine of the players in the T20 squad
played part in this year’s World Cup it is in the bowling department where the
squad will be doing some experimentation.
Some of the stalwarts such as Dale Steyn,
Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel have been excused from T20 duties to see how
new faces such as Chris Morris, Eddie Leie and Kagiso Rabada performed at this
“It is now about players getting some time
to play in their role, there will be some changes in the roles which I am
really excited about,” Du Plessis said.
“It is going to be a combination of trying
to get your best team and giving one or two guys and opportunity to play with
the likes of AB de Villiers so that can see how they play the situation.”
Du Plessis said he was also looking forward
to get stuck into Test cricket after it took a bit of a back seat in the
Proteas’ build-up to the World Cup.
“I am also really excited about Test cricket,
we probably only played six Tests last year which is nothing,” Du Plessis said.
“So I am looking forward to the Test
season, ODI cricket won’t take a back seat but it won’t take all the attention
as it did for the World Cup.”