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Faf du Plessis: To win in Australia three times in a row is amazing

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SportsCafe Desk

11/28/2016

Faf du Plessis has asserted that South Africa’s third successive Test series triumph Down Under was “amazing” despite their submission in the final day-night Test in Adelaide. Although the series was marred by‘lollygate’South Africa earned a historic win, the Proteas captain remarked.

"The last four days wasn't planned but Australia fought back nicely," du Plessis said. "We came here to win the series....(it was) an incredible series and to win in Australia three times in a row is an amazing feat.

"There were a lot of questions about our team...without AB (de Villiers) and (Dale) Steyn most people would have thought we had no chance.

“It was a great chance for guys to make a name for themselves and the guys did it.The most pleasing thing is that everyone stepped up. From a batting point of view, everyone put their hand up. Our whole bowling unit, all performed at various stages."

The South African captain was booed through the third Test following the ball tampering incident in the second Test in Hobart, even when he scored a century in Adelaide on day one. However, du Plessis chose to take it sportively. 

"The Aussie public were great until this last week," du Plessis said. "I think that is just part of riding the wave of what happened, so no hard feelings. There was some huff and puff around this last game...from a cricket point of view to win this series will always stick with me."

Du Plessis also looked forward to a welcome break for the team before Sri Lanka tours them next month. "It is important to switch off a little," he said. "We have a lot of cricket coming up and are really looking forward to going home.”

Vernon Philander was adjudged man-of-the-series for his 12 wickets at 23.58. The pacer remarked that it is immensely tough to replace Steyn.

"(It is) very hard to replace (Steyn), in saying that it provided an opportunity for someone else to step up," he said. "The guys really worked hard and each one stepped up at different stages in the series.

"Our attack basically covers all the bases. In 2012 we had Kallis as the fourth seamer to provide variety. But it is always exciting when you have a young bowling attack.”

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