Proteas targeting series win in Sri Lanka

Standard Bank Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, has taken the charge to extend the Standard Bank Proteas’ proud record away from home in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Galle on Thursday.

 This is Du Plessis’ first captaincy role on the sub-continent, and the start of a mission to improve the Proteas’ record on the sub-continent.

The Proteas have won seven out of eight series’ since Du Plessis took charge in 2016, and will face their first challenge away from quick and green wickets at the Galle International Stadium.

“It’s exciting for me,” he said at the pre-match press conference in Galle on Wednesday. “ I enjoy the different challenges that come with it. The sub-continent is a difficult place to come and play so you have to motivate your players to understand that there is an opportunity to do something great.

As a team, we have taken great steps in that direction for the last two years, that is something that has always been a big motivator for myself and the team, we are not a team that only wants to win in South Africa.”

This series marks the 25th year anniversary of bilateral series between Sri Lanka and South Africa, a rivalry that began in 1993 when the Kepler Wessels-led squad made the inaugural trip. Since then, the nations have played 25 matches, with South Africa winning 14 compared to Sri Lanka’s 5.


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-Cricket SA