South Africa’s Faf du Plessis has stepped down from the Test and T20I captaincy. Du Plessis’ decision has come ahead of the Australia series.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock was handed over the baton in ODIS and he also led the side in the T20Is against England that South Africa lost 1-2.
In a statement released Du Plessis said: “In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup. But sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless.”
“I am healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad for as long as I continue putting in winning performances for the team.”
“The last few weeks of rest away from the game have given me a lot of perspective on the great privilege and honour I have had in representing and leading my country in the three formats of this wonderful game,” he said.
“It has been a rewarding, sometimes tough and other times a lonely road, but I would not replace the experience for anything, because it has made me the man that I am proud to be today,” Du Plessis said.