AB de Villiers Controversy Did Not Affect Proteas Negatively: Faf du Plessis

South African cricketers during a training session at the Rose Bowl in Southampton

AB de Villiers Controversy Did Not Affect Proteas Negatively: Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis has reiterated his support for AB de Villiers but insisted the controversy over his attempted South Africa comeback is not negatively affecting the team.

"He played a really good innings leading up to the two games, leading up to the World Cup, against the West Indies when they were bowling quick pace".

Du Plessis, who has not spoken on the issue earlier, chose to open up on Monday after his side's match against the West Indies was washed out.

Du Plessis was also asked whether all these recent incidents regarding De Villiers impacted his team negatively or had a galvanizing effect, the 34-year old replied, "I think a little bit of both". The Hampshire washout was the second of the tournament after the Pakistan-Sri Lanka match in Bristol last Friday was abandoned without a ball bowled.

According to the rules of the one-day game, each team must face a minimum of 120 deliveries of the allocated 300 for the game to be counted.

"So far we've been getting new ball wickets".

"It's unfortunate, you can't do anything about the weather", said Reifer.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis informed Star Sports that Lungi Ngidi was recovering well from his injury.

South Africa's miserable start to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup continued, as they were left with just one point after their latest match.

Hashim Amla found himself caught in the slip cordon for the second successive game without hitting double figures, but his captain has backed him to come good over the remaining five must-win games. "It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" [phone call]".

"We need individuals to stand up and step up morale". "You relax, you're think you're in when you've got 30 or 40 and you try and play too aggressively, when you just need more hunger to try and make the most of your start", Benkenstein said. I feel that we are one game away, one hundred away, one win away from getting our confidence back.

Sheldon Cottrell had bagged two quick wickets to leave South Africa on the ropes at 29 for two when rain halted proceedings at the Hampshire Bowl. However, the South Africa cricket board refused to take the bait. So it's disappointing because it's important for us to get some cricket in and start ticking over.

West Indies have taken all 20 wickets available so far and Estwick was full of praise for the bowlers.

"Everyone should be fit for the next game".

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