If You Are In Good Form You Can Play Any Format Of Cricket Faf Du Plessis
Faf du Plessis, South Africa's One-Day International captain in the absence of AB de Villiers, believes that the five-match series against Australia will be important in terms of setting the tone for the upcoming busy international season.
"For me, this is an extremely important series," said du Plessis on Thursday (September 29). "I will never say that this is a stepping stone for the Test series or that the Tests are more important, this is a key home series for us. They are resting a few key bowlers which plays a big role in their one-day team and gives opportunities to younger guys but we know their main bowlers will be fresh come the Test series.
"This group of players will have to play well and make sure that we find some good form because that will play a role going to Australia," he added. "Form is important, it doesn't matter the format you play, if you are in good form you can play any format of cricket. It's important for the players who are in the Test matches to come away from this series with some confidence going to Australia."
South Africa will head down to Australia for a three-match Test series next month, and the momentum they could gain in this home series, albeit in the limited-overs frontier, will hold them in good stead. What will be an added boost for the hosts will be the return of Dale Steyn, who last played an ODI last year in October against India in Mumbai.
"The fear that he puts into the opposition, his name itself, there are a few guys around the world that have that effect," said du Plessis of Steyn. "He has done well over a period of time and he puts some doubt into your head as the opposition. His skill and experience is something that you can't get overnight. When Dale is 100%, fresh and wants to bowl quick, he is a big asset to whatever team he plays in."
South Africa and Australia last played each other in the tri-series involving West Indies in June - a series in which South Africa failed to even make the final and one that Australia won.
The two sides now will lock horns in the five ODIs played in Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, between September 30 and October 12.