South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis suffered an injury during the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh and has now been confirmed to be out for six weeks after suffering an acute lumbar disc injury. Du Plessis had to retire hurt on 91 and the injury was so serious that teammate David Miller had to piggyback him out of the field.
Already discarded for the two-match T20 series against the Tigers starting on Thursday, Faf will now also miss most of the domestic T20 competition. He now sees the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe on Boxing Day as his return match. In Du Plessis’ absence, JP Duminy will lead the T20 side, which also includes AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla.
There are plenty of reasons ffor optimism for Du Plessis’ as South Africa’s calendar is clear until Boxing Day. After that, they will play eight home Tests, including three in a full visit by India that also features six ODIs and three T20s. He was also due to captain the Stellenbosch Kings in the inaugural edition of the T20 Global League, which was scheduled to start on November 3. With the tournament has been postponed, CSA have moved the franchise T20 competition into the same slot.
But His franchise, Titans, have no shortage of international talentss with the likes of Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, AB De Villiers, wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and limited-overs regular Farhaan Behardien all playing at SuperSport Park. Adding to that, they also have Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Chris Morris, who are injured right now. All three quicks are expected to make their comebacks from injury in the T20 tournament, alongside Lungi Ngidi, who returned from a back problem recently against the Lions at the Wanderers.