95 comments
Bonga Rozani
Bonga Rozani

I don't agree with declaration... In cricket you can win a game in 5 runs, we've seen teams win by one run. They could have posted 300. It's after match nit ODI. Shamsi could have had a batting practise in fast Aussie pitches

Valentine Dhlakama
Valentine Dhlakama

YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE IT IS NOT NICE WHEN WE GAVE OZ A JUICY LLLLLLL thrashing, YOU WHERE ALL #PROTEAFIRE NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN WE GET A WWWWWWWL YOU ARE ALL FAF THIS FAF THAT CUT HIM WOME SLACK GEE! I KNOW WE ARE HUMANS AND ARE NEVER SATISFIED BUT HE IS A GOOD TALIS INCLUDING OTHER PLAYERS....YOU KNOW THE PRESSURE OF PLAYING UNDER OZ CRITICS AND how hectic it is WE ALL KNOW OZ, THE GET HUMILIATED OR COME SECOND THEY PUT U ON HOT unnecessary seat p.s(shoahib aktar fastest than oz bowlers) oz be like HE DOPED\U0001f60epoint is lets keep on supporting them WLD sri lanka youre next

Jet Maharaj
Jet Maharaj

we were outplayed declaration wudnt hav made a difference starc was unplayerble then lion spin came into the party he started to rip the ball in our side our spinner didn't get wikets and most of our batters failed, I also think that sa didn't bowl in the right channels in the last 10 overs of the 1st day most balls cud be left

Rhys Hewitt Williams
Rhys Hewitt Williams

Won the series, looking to get a whitewash. Best decision was made, had we taken the wickets that night would've been a different game. Had we used the overs and made an extra 50, still would've lost... great, positive decision Faf!

Zaynab Maged
Zaynab Maged

When need to keep captain FAFtastic \U0001f64c\U0001f64c\U0001f64c

Hlomza Malaka
Hlomza Malaka

For me it a was fantastic decision unfortunetly Ausies played well. Bt overrall Im happy with wht our boys managed to accomplish. I was nt expecting it. The future is bright for south african cricket. #proteafire.

Colin Koekemoer
Colin Koekemoer

Made no difference and people who think it did are desperate and petty. We were outplayed just about every session and Australia deserved the win. I predicted doom and gloom before the test series and the boys shut me up nicely....well done guys!

Colleen Kitching
Colleen Kitching

I agree Kurt, people are so critical, they are never satisfied, always know better from their prone positions on their sagging couch

Colin Koekemoer
Colin Koekemoer

A few wins and suddenly the coach is loved again?....why can't we just learn to take the bad with the good?.....sometimes we win and sometimes not....

Callum Floyd
Callum Floyd

Definitely ... Had to have a go under the lights as proved every other night of the test match so many wickets fell in the last session from day 2-5

Akho Mawande Simakade
Akho Mawande Simakade

South African Cricket is in a good path again,if we play like that we got a great chance of bringing the World Cup home

Phumela Mhinta
Phumela Mhinta

Owu that's my man love him sooo much .he made a decision he took a risk n it payed .

Gavin Ross
Gavin Ross

Loved the decision and a few extra runs would not have made a difference. Don't forget that Shamsi was looking like getting out at any minute, particularly as Faf was not shielding him from the strike (at all). Also, Shamsi had already been hit on the arm guard and Faf must have been wanting to avoid one of his frontline bowlers getting injured. Plus the Aussies had to shuffle their batting order because Warner was not allowed to open the innings. Brave call that was a real breath of fresh air.

Bonga Rozani
Bonga Rozani

I stopped reading this at "few extra runs wouldn't have made a difference"... You forgetting in cricket you can win by one run. Shamsi could have used the batting practice. SA could have made 300 here, psychologically this would have glgurt and frustrated Aussie whom were attending on a looming series white wash. Faf fixed this match for them

Kurt Egelhof
Kurt Egelhof

Steady folks....they won the series. What difference would a 3 - 0 victory make to that outcome. (Useless bragging rights only.) This way he got to push the envelope....experiment, test, assess.......that's how progress us made! Take the victory......and a chill pill, from this.

Mohomed Ebraheem
Mohomed Ebraheem

ofcourse that Declaration was right! that last wicket would not have made a difference.

Ashley Chinnasamy
Ashley Chinnasamy

I say he was being over confident which is nt good•Although we won the series,a win in the 3rd test would have helped us in the rankings

Colin Koekemoer
Colin Koekemoer

So cutting a number 11's innings was a big risk?....how much could/would a number 11 make? 5? 6? 10?....what difference would it have made?

Ashley Chinnasamy
Ashley Chinnasamy

lol He ws on 18 not out•Hpe u watched the game bro•they could have gt us to 300 cause FAF ws stil there

Rubendra Govender
Rubendra Govender

Sometimes that is the way the cookie crumbles. Everything is easier in hindsight. Faf du Plessis will learn very quickly that decisions on declarations should not be made at a whim and fancy, it needs careful thought and consultation with the brains trust.

Colleen Kitching
Colleen Kitching

As he is the captain he made the best decision he could at that time. Great captains also go on gut feel. Anyway, what would you know about what it's like to make important declarations, have you ever been a national cricket captain?

Rubendra Govender
Rubendra Govender

Is this a comment page for national cricket captains...an old white boys club?

Xolani Nokwe
Xolani Nokwe

i just think he did it too late for me they should have posted 80 & declared so that the game could be wrapped in 2 days the mintgate was tiring the shine of the series win was completely overshadowed by this crazy charge by the icc

Ian Killian
Ian Killian

In a 5 day test you don't declare in the first innings till you have 600 plus.

Colin Koekemoer
Colin Koekemoer

Hello!!....they were 9 down and Warner wasn't going to open. Do u really think a number 11 batsman was going to get us to 600?

Ian Killian
Ian Killian

If you read my post slowly you will see that it means that he should not have declared. I t really worked well, the guy they wanted to target made a huge hundred.

Rynard de Lange
Rynard de Lange

If you understand cricket you would understand why he declared

Mhlts Petrus
Mhlts Petrus

It was good,we already won the series,i think what was in his mind was the same i had in mind,lets finish this series quicker so that we get more time to rest for the NZ series,n lets be beaten so that we stay focused every time.

Phila Pidz Tyelentombi
Phila Pidz Tyelentombi

How can you let yourself be beaten when you have the potential to become the first team to white wash Aussie on their home soil..it cant be that mate..Aussie tailenders know how to frustrate the opposition..i just wish we were brave enough to have stayed longer..!!

Eric Potgieter
Eric Potgieter

We always try to find some sinister reason when we've lost. Sick!!! Faf is a cheater. Period

Colleen Kitching
Colleen Kitching

Your comment is disgraceful. It's so easy to try to tear down a man's character on social media. Did it make you feel good?

Rickus Lawson
Rickus Lawson

Was a great decision for me... it could have also been a great one... let say two or three wickets in the last 10 overs of the day... different ball game then...

Rob Harris
Rob Harris

Mints for all supporters .... sour grapes for the Aussies

Rynard de Lange
Rynard de Lange

If you understand cricket you would understand why he declared

Ian Killian
Ian Killian

Yes, he thought he was being a smart arse. First mistake he made was batting first.

Colleen Kitching
Colleen Kitching

Ian Killian you should be the Proteas captain seeing you know so much...

Arutha Rufus Edwards
Arutha Rufus Edwards

Instead of everyone saying that Faf was wrong, how about a round of applause for his courage to fight back with a sparkling century after the Aussie army stuck it to him? For leading us to a 5-0 drubbing of Aus in SA? For leading us to a 2-1 drubbing of Aus in Aus? For ALMOST making history and coming ever so close? For showing that we covered for life after AB? Come on Saffas, show some support!!

Thokozani TK Mkhize
Thokozani TK Mkhize

For me,That decision to declare didn't really make sense coz the score was so low & its not like the field was favouring the bowlers

Adam Cohn
Adam Cohn

He did it so David warner couldn't open the batting. Warner went off the field and Faf declared at a time that was too early for warner to open the batting as he wouldn't have been back on the field for long enough.....so he unsettled their best batsmen...who ended up getting hardly any runs

Thokozani TK Mkhize
Thokozani TK Mkhize

#Adam dats exactly my point,U cannot plan a game based on 1 player coz ders stl other 5/6 batsman to bat so dat doesn't make sense at all

Sihle Malanda
Sihle Malanda

Adam- Warner was still going to Bat anyways . That declaration on the first day , at 259/9 with himself on 118 not out doesn't make sense to me .

Xhanti Maseti
Xhanti Maseti

Great and brave decision. It seemed a masterstroke at the time. When you are 2-0 up in a 3 match series you must go for the kill whenever the opportunity arises, Faf did that but it didn't work out at the time. But good decisions are needed in future of we want a strong team, a team with no limitations and a team that plays with confidence in any situation. I feel we have been too cautious at times and it has not brought us tremendous amount of success nor respect in the past. If you look at the merit of the decision, low on confidence aussie batting line up, world class swing bowlers in your ranks, bowling under lights, not something most batsmen have done in test cricket a lot. Great captaincy. #Respect

Will Van der Ryst
Will Van der Ryst

It was a gutsy decision and the right one. In cricket as in any other sport, you don't want to set yourself limits, Faf is a great captain.