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Faf Du Plessis wants to regain peak fitness before return to international cricket

Recently, Proteas coach Rob Walter had indicated that doors to the national team are open for senior pros like Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw

PTI Bangalore Published 09.12.23, 06:40 AM
Faf du Plessis.

Faf du Plessis. File picture

While a return to the South African national team remains an enticing proposition for him, former captain Faf du Plessis wants to regain his peak fitness and game-touch before seriously nourishing such ambitions.

Recently, Proteas coach Rob Walter had indicated that doors to the national team are open for senior pros like Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw.

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But for that, Du Plessis wants to reach his highest point of fitness after an elbow surgery that he underwent in September during the Caribbean Premier League.

“I wouldn’t say the process is not on (his SA comeback). I mean, international cricket is still the pinnacle. You still feel like that’s where cricket comes with the most pressure and that’s what makes you really feel alive as a sportsman,” Du Plessis said.

“But now, it’s just about getting back into cricket after my operation, and a long layoff with my arm. So yeah, just taking the pressure off and just really enjoying playing some cricket again, and allowing my arm to get back to where it needs to get to,” he said.

The 39-year-old is currently playing in the Abu Dhabi T10 for Samp Army, and he wants to sharpen his skills and fitness, leveraging on that experience to impress the South African establishment.

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