Cape Town - Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, has
described the 177-run win against Australia in the first Test at the WACA
ground in Perth as "the best Test match of my career".
The Proteas put in a spirited performance with only two
seamers after the injury to Dale Steyn, and go one-up in the three-match series
which moves to Hobart later this week.
“For my career that I’ve been involved in that is one of the
most special days,” he said to the media after the match. “To turn it around
360 degrees after day one when we were under the pump and under a lot of
pressure, and in the position that we were in to turn it around on day two was
one of the best days of cricket that I have been involved in.
“To be a seamer down pretty much the whole Test match and to
do what we have done; we always joke that if you lose a seamer in a three-seam
attack it’s 99% impossible to win a Test match because there is just too much
of a workload on the bowlers.
“Somehow we managed to do it, obviously there is a lot of
credit that must go to Kagiso Rabada, who has put up his hand and bowled really
well, and also Keshav (Maharaj), he was the guy who relentlessly bowled in a good
area and made sure we could rotate the guys from the other end and build a bit
That is right up there as one of the best Test matches of my
Du Plessis was full of praise for his tenacious bowling
unit, who never backed down despite the high workload and long spells on the
He made a special mention of the never-say-die attitude of
man-of-the-match, Kagiso Rabada, who put in his longest spell of bowling at
international level to lead from the front in the absence of Steyn.
“I’m incredibly proud of him,” he said of Rabada. “I have a
lot of respect for anyone who puts up their hand and does the hard yards. KG
just wanted the ball, every time I asked him if he was tired or done he said
‘no, you’re not taking the ball out of my hand’. That is a sign of a champion
bowler for me, someone who wants to be in the fight the whole time and wants to
make sure he does the hard work.”
Lions all-rounder, Dwaine Pretorius, has been called up to
the squad as a replacement for the injured Steyn.
The Proteas travel to Hobart on Tuesday ahead of the second
Test match starting at the Blundstone Arena on Saturday.