South Africa’s batting stalwart Faf du Plessis believes that the current South African ODI team has the ability to win the World Cup 2015 and break the jinx of winning a major trophy for 16 years. Du Plessis has been South Africa’s second highest run-getter in ODIs this year scoring 693 runs in 10 matches with 3 hundreds and 4 fifties. 

During an interview, Du Plessis said:

It’s too hard to judge on past experience. For me it’s the team you have and the results you’ve been getting. We’ve got a really good team at the moment and we’ve been winning a lot of games. 

“In the past we went to a World Cup where we probably weren’t the best side. People judge you on not winning the World Cup but at the time we weren’t the best team in the tournament. This time I feel we’ve got a really good side and we’ve been winning, so everything is stacking up nicely for us now.”

Du Plessis is expecting a very competitive and a serious fight from Australia in the ODI series and is confident that South Africa will do well and hopefully win the series. 

He added:

That’s the great thing about playing Australia, you expect that. We play a very similar style of cricket on the field. We’re competitive, we like to get into each other’s faces, that’s just the way we play our cricket.

“Now and then there will be something that comes up but in terms of my own game I don’t prepare any differently for an Australian series. I really enjoy batting against Australia, and I hope I can have a similar amount of success that I’ve had in the past. 

Du Plessis also expressed that both the teams have a lot of respect for each other but when it comes to game, sometimes it gets quite heated because both teams want to win. 

It’s a great relationship. We play a similar brand, it’s aggressive and competitive, but when you step off the field, I had a great time after the series in Zimbabwe after we beat them in the final when we sat after and had a beer together. There was a lot of respect for the two teams. It’s just competitive, we want to do anything to win the game and so do they.

“This series is all about getting ready for the World Cup. “Winning is also important and this will be a very good challenge for us playing Australia in their home conditions, we’ll probably play them in a semi final or something like that in the World Cup,” Du Plessis said

 

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