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Du Plessis hopes De Villiers controversy can lift South Africa's World Cup campaign
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Du Plessis hopes De Villiers controversy can lift South Africa's World Cup campaign

Faf Du Plessis hopes the air surrounding AB De Villiers' controversial call to come out of retirement can help his side overcome their poor start to the World Cup.

De Villiers dominated the headlines after it emerged he had approached Gibson and captain Faf du Plessis 24 hours prior to the announcement of the squad for the World Cup.

South Africa's World Cup hopes are under the radar after their clash against the West Indies was called off due to persistent rain in Southampton.

De Villiers' approach was shot down by South Africa's cricket chiefs and Du Plessis claimed the controversy over whether or not he should have been picked could actually gel the squad.

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"We do feel like the news came into the camp and just went through the team. It didn't have a big impact," Du Plessis told reporters.

"There was a discussion on clarity and making sure everyone knows what's going on.

"But stuff like that can give you direction and purpose, to focus on what lies ahead.

"The squad was already picked. I spoke to the coach and selectors the next day, and we all agreed it was too late to change the team."

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"We're in this position because we haven't played our best cricket. We need individuals to stand up.

"We don't deserve to be anywhere close to the top of the table. We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent, more solid cricket."

Du Plessis insisted South African camp is still high on spirits despite a poor start to their World Cup campaign.

"I do honestly feel as a team, the feeling in the camp is still very strong," he said.

"A couple of bad results and cracks can start to appear but that honestly hasn't happened to us.

"In that situation the blame game can start but I do honesty believe we've been very far away from that."