Faf du Plessis: I believe I can return to international cricket

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Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has reiterated intent to return to international cricket.

Du Plessis retired from Test cricket in 2021 – and has not played ODI or T20I cricket since 2020.

He has since been competing in domestic leagues around the world, including the Abu Dhabi T10, Caribbean Premier League, Indian Premier League and others.

“I believe that I can return to international cricket,” said du Plessis.

“We have been speaking about this for the last couple of years. It’s just figuring out the balance of the T20 World Cup next year. It’s certainly something we have spoken about with the new coach.

“I do a lot of hard work to ensure I look after my body to be able to play this brilliant game we love so much.

“When you do get a little bit older, you have to make sure you put in the work. Otherwise, the hamstring and other body parts do not work that well.

“There is a lot of fast running and a lot of stuff to make sure that level where you can play against the best players in the world.”

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The 2024 T20 World Cup will be played in the United States of America and West Indies in June. South Africa will be accompanied by fellow African countries Namibia and Uganda at the tournament. Zimbabwe failed to qualify.

“Guys like Faf and Rilee Rossouw as well as Quinny de Kock could well be considered for a T20 World Cup,” added Proteas limited-overs coach Rob Walter.

“And then also the SA20 that happens next year – 80 percent of the side picks itself but there is definitely a space for other guys to get themselves into the conversation.”

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