Faf du Plessis will be the Proteas “Nr1 couch fan” in the first Test against England, starting at Lord’s on Thursday, after the Proteas skipper ruled himself out of selection for the series opener.
Du Plessis returned home for the birth of his first child following South Africa's exit from the ICC Champions Trophy two weeks ago.
But even though Du Plessis’s wife Imari delivered their baby girl last Thursday, he will not be able to return to London in time for the opening match of the four-Test series due to “the difficult nature of the delivery”.
Du Plessis took to Twitter on Monday to express his disappointment on missing out what will likely be his sole opportunity to play a Test at “the home of cricket.”
Du Plessis turns 33 this year and South Africa have traditionally only played a Test series in England every four years.
Extremely sad that I won't be able 2 front up 2 the challenge with the team.Be there soon.In the meantime I will be their nr1 couch fan https://t.co/cycbvpPt9x
“Extremely sad that I won’t be able 2 front up 2 the challenge with the team. Be there soon. In the meantime I will be there nr1 couch fan,” Du Plessis posted.
In Du Plessis’s absence South Africa will be led by opening batsman Dean Elgar at Lord's.