South Africa captain Faf du Plessis happy with his team as they have registered a whopping 87-run win over Sri Lanka in their warm-up game in Cardiff on Friday. He was impressed with the fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada’s performances in the game. Ngidi didn’t feature in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a side strain and ended up 2/12 in his six overs. On the other hand, Rabada bowled seven overs after returning from a back injury and took 1 wicket.
“I rate Lungi very highly. He is an exceptional fast bowler who is going to get wickets for us,” du Plessis said about Ngidi.
“KG has been slowly building up, working on his action and working on his run-up. Today was the first time with he was bowling at full intensity,” du Plessis said after the game.
“Chris Morris was a bit rusty, he hasn’t played much cricket but he still has time to try and get over that rustiness,” the South African skipper added.
“Rassie has been exceptional for us the last 12 months. He fits in extremely well into any position: No.3, 4 and 5. He has put his name down for any of those positions,” du Plessis added. “Today was beautiful to see Hash (Amla) play, the way Hash plays: quietly killing the bowling attack,” he said.
“It’s important to try and let my actions back up my words. I feel if I am asking the batting unit to play with more freedom, not to fear failure and to be courageous, then I have to do it when I bat out there in the middle. I feel like the last year I have improved that aspect in my game. I have to keep making sure I lead with that,” he further said.
South Africa will begin their campaign against England on May 30 in Kennington Oval, London.