For the first time in the three-match Test series between Australia and South Africa, it seemed the Aussies got the upper hand, thanks to some impressing bowling spells from Josh Hazelwood (4 for 68) in the final Test match at Adelaide Oval. However, Faf du Plessis once again led from the front and pulled a brilliant knock on Thursday – Day 1 of the final Test match – to prevent the red faces from the Proteas camp.
The likes of Dean Edgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and almost everyone barring Du Plessis failed to do the talking with their bat on Day 1 of the pink ball Test match – the first-ever South Africa are competing in.
Stephen Cook did perform for a bit as he scored 40 runs off 99 balls, but that was it. Then came the Du Plessis show. The 32-year-old, who is acting as the skipper of the side in the absence of AB de Villiers, remained not out on 118 runs off 167 balls as South Africa declared their first innings on 259 runs. Nine wickets fell in their innings.
Calls of appointing Du Plessis as the full-time captain of the South Africa Test cricket and the ODI team generated over social media, with even present and former cricketers joining the chorus:
"Forget the Mints. This has been an fantastic innings by Faf du Plessis. He should Skipper full time," wrote Michael Vaughan on twitter. "Quality innings from Faf du Plessis, especially given his teams position today, plus the controversy leading into the test," mentioned Tom Moody.
Let the ball tampering allegations come to a rest for some time. In any case, it doesn't seem to bother the swashbuckling Du Plessis.
Here are some of the major milestones achieved by the 32-year-old following his knock