In a cricket talk-show ‘Inside Cricket’ on Fox Sports, former flamboyant 39-year-old Australian wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin criticized South Africa’s stand-in captain Faf du Plessis for declaring the first innings of the Adelaide Test when David Warner had little time to bat on after injuring his right shoulder while throwing the ball.
As Kyle Abbott was bowling splendidly since the second Test on the Australia tour, du Plessis found it reasonable to give their bowlers a chance to rattle their [Australian] batting order which did not happen on the given day.
“I actually reckon Faf du Plessis did the wrong thing there because you’ve got a short period to bat,” Haddin said.
It’s pertinent to mention that Warner was unable open the batting for Kangaroos because he had gone-off to receive the treatment on his shoulder when Proteas were batting.
The decision had forced Usman Khawaja to join debutant Matt Renshaw, who looked fretful against the pink-ball in the night.
Although, the move from du Plessis didn’t yield too much as the two Queensland batters remained unbeaten at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test.
“I think once again Faf was just trying to be clever. Just captain the game, don’t try to be too clever.” Haddin added.
Australian selector Mark Waugh while sharing his thoughts felt the move from du Plessis was helpful for Renshaw to settle in.
“The things were made easier by du Plessis for Renshaw as he settled. It won’t get any harder than that. That’s the hardest it’s going to be for him in his Test career,” Mark Waugh was quoted by Seven Sport.
Adding to the records, it was the first Test loss for 32-year-old du Plessis as South Africa’s skipper.