Faf du Plessis reveals how South Africa squad reacted to De Villiers row


SOUTHAMPTON: Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, insisted that the controversy surrounding AB de Villiers has not brought any cracks within the players and instead stated that it may have worked in the best interest of the team as they look to put their World Cup campaign on track.

As revealed a few days ago, de Villiers had shown an urge to return to the national set-up but his offer was turned down by the selectors. The decision was primarily made because the selectors thought bringing back de Villiers, who opted to walk away in May 2018, would be unfair to the current crop of players, who’ve made progress to make it to the World Cup squad. Du Plessis claimed the team’s reaction to the entire furor was somewhere in between.

“I think a little bit ofboth,” he said. “I think to say no, it didn’t, or to say yes, it did, unite usas a team. We do feel like the news came in and went through the team. Itdidn’t have a huge impact. There was just a discussion on clarity and on makingsure everyone knows what’s going on and then it was moving on.

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