Under-fire Du Plessis remains skipper in South Africa and fights

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<pre><pre>Under-fire Du Plessis remains skipper in South Africa and fights

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – South African captain Faf du Plessis said he would not run away from his battered team even though he struggled with his own form and had lost for the seventh time in the last eight trials.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis in action REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

Du Plessis made it clear that he would go on for the final test against England, which starts in Johannesburg on Friday, and for two away tests in the West Indies in the middle of the year and then decide on his future.

He said he had no thought of resigning immediately, despite much speculation after South Africa was beaten in England's third test in Port Elizabeth on Monday and lost through innings and 53 runs.

England are now 2-1 up, while Du Plessis' last nine test innings have only produced 123 runs. The 35-year-old last reached a century in January 2018 and his average has dropped to 40.23.

"From the run point of view, I'm not at the level I should be, but I still have to play a big role as captain to make sure I lift these guys up to win the next test," he said ,

Du Plessis said that he would not be involved in an emotional decision and committed to end the series against England.

"The worst thing a leader can do is pull the plug in the middle of the series and say," Excuse me guys, I'm out, I've had enough. "That's not what leadership is about, you have to do the difficult ones Get through times, ”he said.

"For me it's about being as mentally strong as possible and hiding all the sounds. Of course I've heard a lot of rumors about the resignation, but I was pretty sure that I would be up to the World Cup 20 (in Australia in October and November ) hired South Africa for cricket. "

Du Plessis said he would then consider whether to continue testing cricket, but indicated that he would probably only play the limited overs format.

Losing another test – after a 0-2 loss to Sri Lanka last year, a 0-3 in India and a 1-2 against England – was a big blow, he admitted.

“We made great progress in this first test (against England) for reasons of trust. I felt like we went around the corner, but now we have the impression that we have taken a step back, especially with our batting.

“England shows us how to apply, how to get involved and how to get big runs. That is the only difference between the two teams at the moment, ”added the South African skipper.

Writing by Mark Gleeson; Edited by Christian Radnedge