South African captain Faf du Plessis revealed that he will draw curtains on an illustrious career after the 2020 World Twenty20 tournament in Australia. Addressing the media a day before Saturday’s one-off T20 international with Australia, Du Plessis said, “The T20 World Cup is in Australia and that’s not too far away. That will probably be my last international tour I would think.”
Du Plessis had made his Test debut in Australia in Adelaide in 2012 wherein he batted for more than a day to help the Proteas eke out a draw. Stating that he loves playing against the Kangaroos Du Plessis said, “I don’t know if (2012 Adelaide) was a big part in that (loving Australian decks) but certainly what I’ve found out about myself is I enjoy the challenge of playing against the Australian team,” du Plessis said.
“That brings the best out of me as a cricketer. I really love playing against Australia. It’s a hard place to come and travel,” he added.
“When you come here, people don’t always expect you to beat Australia. So that once again brings the best out of me as a captain as well,” he further added.
Du Plessis also stressed upon the importance of domestic T20 leagues. “From our perspective, T20 cricket for us over the last two or three years has been a case of bringing in the young guys, giving them an opportunity, so we never really play our strongest XI, which isn’t great for the international game,” he said.
“Football (has) a situation where it’s playing for your clubs and then there’s an international tournament. In my opinion, that’s a good place for T20 cricket to be in, because you shouldn’t be trying to compete with the leagues because they are so strong at the moment.
“And I can see the same with other teams – it’s almost never their strongest teams, and fans come to watch the best players play.
“That’s where I see the game moving forward, but the T20 World Cup in 2020 is something I’m really looking forward to … that will probably be the last tournament for me.”