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    FAF du Plessis

    • Role: Batter
    • Batting: Right Hand Batter
    • Bowling: Leg Breaks
    • Date of Birth: July 13, 1984
    • Place of Birth: South Africa




Faf du Plessis forced his way into the Proteas’ ODI line-up during the 2010/11 season through share weight of runs when he hit 3 centuries and made more than 500 runs in the domestic 40 overs competition. He carried this form into his debut ODI against India with a half-century and can look back on satisfactory career statistics with a strike rate of 87 after 55 matches including being a regular choice throughout the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. The retirement of Jacques Kallis has created opportunities for him in his favourite No. 3 position and he became the second Protea to score more than 400 in a five-match series at the Zimbabwe Triangular in 2014. This included three centuries, two of which were against Australia.

He had an outstanding 2012 IPL campaign with the Chennai Super Kings in the new role of opening batsman and consequently played in the unofficial T20 series in Zimbabwe. He subsequently made his T20 International debut against England and was selected for the ICC World Twenty20 squad.

He took another important step forward when he was called up to the Castle Lager Test squad for the series in England and retained his place for the following tour to Australia. On this tour he made a memorable debut, batting for eight hours in the second innings to become the fourth Protea to score a Test century on debut. This played a major role in saving the Test match. He then helped set up victory in the following Test match with an unbeaten innings of 70 to halt a first innings collapse. He finished his maiden series with an average of 146.50 from an aggregate of 293 runs.

He scored his second Test century in only his fourth match against New Zealand to equal the career start of Graeme Pollock.

His third century followed against India and was an epic repeat of the Adelaide effort as he first put South Africa in a position to save a match which they almost won after being set a world record fourth innings chase of 458. This latest effort gave him a lofty career average of 60.

Faf was always destined for greater things after making his under-19 debut for South Africa on the tour of England in 2003. His career was, however, put on hold for 3 years as he developed his game playing for Lancashire from 2008 to 2010. It proved a worthwhile exercise as his potential was quickly spotted once he became available for the Proteas again.

In addition to his batting skills, he is one of the best all-round fielders in the country and bowls part-time leg-breaks to complete an excellent limited overs package.

His leadership skills were acknowledged when he was made captain of the T20 squad at the start of the three-match series against New Zealand in 2012/13. He has also captained the ODI squad as a stand-in for AB de Villiers.


Format M IN NO R HS AVG SR 100S 50S CT ST
Tests 48 78 11 3022 137 45.10 44.56 7 17 41 0
ODIs 117 112 14 4379 185 44.68 88.30 9 29 60 0
T20Is 39 39 6 1191 119 36.09 133.22 1 7 20 0
First-class 127 206 23 7523 176 41.10 15 47 116 0
List A 235 219 36 8344 185 45.59 89.47 18 51 125 0
Twenty20 172 157 16 3855 119 27.34 124.31 1 20 78 0
Format Mat Balls runs wkts bbm avg econ sr 4w 5w
Tests 48 78 69 0 - - 5.30 - 0 0
ODIs 117 192 189 2 1/8 94.50 5.90 96.0 0 0
T20Is 39 8 3 0 - - 2.25 - 0 0
First-class 127 2558 1477 41 36.02 3.46 62.3 3 0
List A 235 2238 2030 54 4/47 37.59 5.44 41.4 1 0
Twenty20 172 790 917 50 5/19 18.34 6.96 15.8 1 2

Finger injury rules Du Plessis out of India ODI and T20 Series

Standard Bank Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, will miss the remainder of the Momentum One-Day International (ODI) series and upcoming T20 International series against India due to a finger injury.

Du Plessis lauds ‘special’ Proteas performance

Standard Bank Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has praised the resilient character of his team in the series-clinching 135-run win against India in the second Sunfoil Test match at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.

Hardest team selection we’ve had to make – Du Plessis

Standard Bank Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, admits the team selection for the first Sunfoil Test match against India starting at PPC Newlands on Friday is the toughest of his tenure as captain.

Du Plessis to miss Zimbabwe Test; De Villiers to captain

Standard Bank Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has been ruled out of the day-night Sunfoil Test match against Zimbabwe starting at St George’s Park on Tuesday

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