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THE THING THAT MATTERS THE MOST IS FORM AND NOT THE FORMAT.

THE THING THAT MATTERS THE MOST IS FORM AND NOT THE FORMAT.

Faf du Plessis, South Africa's One-Day International captain strongly feels that the 5 match series against the Aussies is going to be a very tough ask for the South African team in the absence of their master player AB de Villiers.

 

 

"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 be touring Australia for a test series in the upcoming month, so if they will be able to gain the flow from the beginning than obviously it will be a plus point for the team when they will be hosted by Australia as because playing in a foreign soil is always a tough ask for any player.

 

 

"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 quickly, he is a big asset to whatever team he plays in."

 

 

Both the sides will be ready to apart their performances in the five ODIs played in Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, from September 30 to October 12.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77