Captain Du Plessis wants South Africa to pass 'huge character test'
13 Jul 2017 - 22:33
Nottingham: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has urged the Proteas to pass a "huge test of character" when they face England again at Trent Bridge.
Du Plessis did not play in England's crushing 211-run win in the first of a four-Test series at Lord's last week following the birth of his first child.
"I had the baby with one arm and watched the cricket with one eye," du Plessis told reporters at Trent Bridge yesterday -- his 33rd birthday and the day before the second Test starts.
"I'm really excited to be back with the team. It was tough going for us, the previous one, we weren't as good as we would like to have been but in cricket you get another go and we're looking forward to this next Test."
South Africa have a proud away Test record. In their past 19 series spanning some 10 years on the road, they've won 13, drawn five and lost just one -- in India in 2015/16.
South Africa's task this match has been made harder by the fact that pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out after being hit with a one-match ban as a result of swearing at England's Ben Stokes at Lord's.
"The stuff off the field you can't plan for (either) -- I didn't expect the baby to come earlier, the tragedy in Russell's family etc -- it's a huge character test for us."
"What was missing in the first Test was that we didn't do that (show enough character)."