Du Plessis to miss Lord's Test

Violet Powell
July 5, 2017

England will start the first Test with three-left handers in their top order something that won't displease Morkel and Philander and it would be no surprise that they took the new ball and not Kagiso Rabada. "It's a big miss losing Faf (du Plessis) but we understand his circumstances".

South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the first Test of the four-match series against England beginning Thursday at Lord's due to family reasons.

A statement from Cricket South Africa cited family reasons after a hard birth which has delayed Du Plessis' journey back to England.

Du Plessis returned home last week for the birth of his first child, but Cricket South Africa says, "he will be unable to return in time for the opening test" which starts on Thursday at Lord's. "He epitomizes South African cricket to the tee".

Russel Domingo believes that Dean Elgar will have no problem in executing the role as captain. "Our focus is on the team".

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"It could play on your mind if you're not used to it", said Philander of the slope. "Every time he gets the ball in hand he seems to want to run in and bowl faster and get wickets", Philander said.

One of Theunis de Bruyn, who made his Test debut in March, or the uncapped Aiden Markram will replace the skipper and seamer Vernon Philander has been cleared to play after overcoming an ankle injury.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain echoed Richards' thoughts and warned Joe Root's side not to underestimate the tourists.

"We want to win, that is the bottom line", said the South Africa, "We set ourselves certain goals a year ago that we want to achieve in Test match cricket and we are determined to tick those boxes".

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