MANCHESTER – Faf du Plessis says Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith would go a long way to restoring their reputations if they win the World Cup as he prepares to face them for the first time since the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town last year.
South Africa will end their dismal campaign against Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday, while their opponents have already sealed their semi-final place with seven wins from their eight games.
Du Plessis believes that ultimately the batsmen will be remembered for runs and not the sandpaper scandal at Newlands – and he promises there will be no sledging.
"I think their records and their performances will speak much louder than one incident," he said.
"They have learnt from that and they have made themselves stronger for it. All of us make mistakes. It is about how you learn and how you move forward."