Faf du Plessis should be able to lead the Proteas in the first Test against England. Photo: Andrew Cornaga, www.photosport.nz

CAPE TOWN – Proteas Test captain Faf du Plessis became a proud father for the first time on Thursday, which should open the way for him to lead South Africa in the first Test against England at Lord’s next week.

Du Plessis’ participation in the first Test next Thursday was in serious doubt after he admitted at the T20 Global League launch in London that “I’m pretty nervous, to be honest” because his pregnant wife Imari was “pretty certain that she wants to go the normal route (with the birth of their child), so that takes longer”.

Everything, though, has gone according to plan, with Du Plessis posting a picture on Twitter on Thursday, saying: “Our biggest blessing yet came in a small package. So very grateful.”

Dean Elgar is leading the Proteas in a three-day warm-up match against the England Lions at Worcester, which started on Thursday, in Du Plessis’s absence.

Young Titans opening batsman Aiden Markram is expected to drop out of the Test squad once Du Plessis arrives in England. 

IOL Sport

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