Feeling in SA camp is still strong – Faf du Plessis

Standard Bank proteas Faf Du Plessis (R) and JP Duminy

Standard Bank proteas Faf Du Plessis (R) and JP Duminy

South African captain Faf du Plessis insists that the spirit remains high in the Proteas’ camp despite their washout against the West Indies on Monday.

Persistent rain saw their clash with the Caribbean team in Southampton being declared a ‘no result’.

Though this did see SA pick up their first point of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, it was in fact a hammer blow to their chances of securing qualification for the semifinals.

Despite this, du Plessis is remaining upbeat and confident that his team can turn around their fortunes at the tournament in England.

“The feeling in the camp is still very strong,” said the skipper.

“The guys are still enjoying being on tour, enjoying being here. The guys are having fun. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

“Generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there are a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start.

“And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that.

“That is a strong sign of us as a team, as a culture, and that is one aspect of performance. You get culture and then you get the actual performance on the field.

“Now it is just the performance and the skill side of cricket that needs to take over.”

South Africa will continue their CWC campaign with a day-night match against Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday.