Faf du Plessis is on the cover of the latest edition of SA Cricket magazine, which is now on sale in leading retail outlets.
A lot has happened to Faf du Plessis since he last appeared on the cover of SA Cricket magazine. The October-December edition in 2015 was during a period of aminosity against the Proteas, with the form of the Proteas, and of Du Plessis, taking an almighty hit in the subsequent months. So desperate was the situation, that he was eventually dropped for the fourth Test against England in January last year.
We’ve now come full circle, as Faf the captain, and Faf the batsman, have been central to their turn in fortunes. He might be on the cover, but the focus is on the team. We celebrate the Proteas’ record-equalling ODI win streak and look ahead to their busy schedule in the coming months, which sees them go in to the Champions Trophy as one of the favourites, before taking on the English in their own backyard in the longest format.
The captaincy baton has been passed back to AB de Villiers in the 50-over game. He’s made a smooth return to the national team after spending seven months on the sidelines. He is the captain of the ODI side, but his commitment to the Test team remains in doubt as he explores the plethora of options he now has.
For the first time ever, the magazine features a member of the Proteas Women side on the cover, something that might be overdue, but more important than ever, as Dane van Niekerk and Co gear themselves up for their World Cup campaign in England. A successful qualifying tournament means they’re peaking at just the right time, and will aim to spring a surprise or two on the heavyweights of the game.
It’s tournament time, and the national sides will hope to give the South African fans something to smile about when they return from British shores.
Also in the new issue:
– A comprehensive guide to the Champions Trophy, with team news and predictions for every side competing.
– Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi: Driving the next generation of fast bowlers.
– Can the Proteas Women spring a few surprises at the World Cup?
– Jason Roy and Keaton Jennings are the South African-borns looking to frustrate their country of birth when the Proteas tour England.
– AB de Villiers resets his prioirities as he aims for another successful IPL campaign.
– Russell Domingo: Does CSA want him?
– In-depth reviews of the Sunfoil Series and Varsity Cricket.
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