Faf du Plessis and Russell Domingo don’t foresee any hassles when AB de Villiers returns as South Africa’s Test captain over the festive season.
The South African side, which returned from a successful Test tour to Australia on Tuesday night, has produced some outstanding performances in De VIlliers’ absence recently including a Test series win against New Zealand, a whitewash in a five-match One-Day International series against the World Cup holders and then the 2-1 series triumph Down Under.
Although Du Plessis has looked accomplished as skipper, he explained how he would be happy to return to a supporter role once De Villiers is back, which should be for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth starting on Boxing Day.
“I don’t see it as a massive transition (when) AB takes over,” said Du Plessis. “He will always have 100% support from me, he knows that. When he’s captain, my role is to let him run the ship, respect that, but in doing that give him my complete support.”
Du Plessis has on a number of occasions in recent months acknowledged that captaincy brings out the best in his game, but that when De Villiers returns that motivation through leadership will take on a more personal tone. “I’m a leader in the team, that brings the best out of me. I have to make sure I lead, one for myself and two for the team.”