CAPE TOWN – Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has welcomed the abuse his team are expecting from the Australian crowds on their limited-overs tour Down Under.
The Proteas are in Australia for five One-Day Internationals and a solitary T20. But it is also the South Africans first meeting with the Aussies since the infamous ball-tampering saga that occurred during the third Test at Newlands in March, which resulted in lengthy bans for Australian captain Steve Smith and opening batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
It also the first time Du Plessis will encounter the Australian crowds since being branded a “cheat” by the locals when he too was found guilty of ball-tampering after applying saliva to the ball while chewing a mint on the Proteas last visit Down Under in 2016.
But the Proteas skipper has embraced the unique challenges of touring Australia, and actually believes the expected vitriolic atmosphere could be beneficial to his young team.
“We have a very young squad in terms of guys who haven’t been here in the past. You walk around our changeroom and many of the guys will tell you it’s their first time. You are playing away from home. It is supposed to be tough,” Du Plessis said during his arrival press conference at the new stadium in Perth.