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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75