Faf du Plessis is proud of the way his side has silenced the negativity surrounding the transformation targets.
Transformation has been a controversial topic leading up to this ODI series, with many cricket fans extremely verbal about their opinions on the matter.
The introduction of the new laws were used quite blatantly as a label by some of the public to brand certain players of colour. The question of selection on merit was circulating amongst cricketers, ex-crickers, media personalities and fans alike.
Du Plessis silenced negativity and transformation trolls in his post-match press conference after his side thrashed Australia 5-0, winning the final match at Newlands by 31 runs.
‘People will relax now about the targets and see that its not that bad,’ said Du Plessis.
‘People were expecting big changes and big series defeats, but they can now see that there’s talent no matter what colour you are.
‘Our cricket is in a healthy state so people can be confident that even with those targets we can be a force to be reckoned with.’
Du Plessis was proud of the way certain players dealt with the negativity around the issue, and said that it did not affect the team. Instead, they embraced it and channeled it through their performances and it made the team merge even closer together.
‘We don’t see it as a negative; we always try and embrace it.
‘There’s an honest policy about it – it’s open, everyone knows what it’s about and everyone can buy into it.’
The Proteas captain mentioned that the players in the squad come from various cultural and religious backgrounds and despite all that, there is an amazing team chemistry. He hopes that the way the team acts and treats one another will portray a lifestyle that can be followed.
‘It’s just good to see smiles on peoples faces and if we’re responsible for that then that’s great.
‘We always try and be an example of what the country looks like and acts like and try and make sure we’re an example for the people.
‘The 5-0 victory was a token to show the world that we are proud to be South African.’
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