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Du Plessis: South Africa's leadership has to be patient with an emerging side
South Africa in India 2019

Du Plessis: South Africa's leadership has to be patient with an emerging side

Faf du Plessis said that South Africa's leadership will have to be patient with an emerging team that was defeated comprehensively by 203 runs in the first Test at Visakhapatnam.

Chasing a challenging total of 395, the Proteas were knocked over for 191 on the final day of the Test match.

South Africa’s young batting line-up showed excellent courage in their first innings, posting 431 in reply to India’s 502.

Dean Elgar top-scored with a superb 160 to set a prime example on how to bat on turning wickets of the sub-continent.

"(In) Test cricket generally, experience counts for a lot. Experience is gained by playing at the highest level for a period of time," du Plessis told reporters after the fifth day.

"In this new phase of a lot of guys coming in, you got to give it some time."

He added: "Hash (Hashim Amla) finishing, AB (de Villiers) finishing in a year's time, we got two players with a lot of runs behind their names finishing.

"It is going to take some time to fill those shoes but we as leadership understand that it is important to be patient with the guys because they will come through again."

‘Gained a lot of confidence after first innings’

Elgar was involved in two crucial 100-run stands with skipper du Plessis, who scored a decent 55, and Quinton de Kock (111) to challenge the experienced Indian spinners in their home conditions.

Du Plessis said his side had gained a lot of confidence after how South Africa had batted in the first innings.

"Look, I think we have got a lot of confidence in our dressing room and belief because of what happened in the first innings," said du Plessis.

"I do think the pitches will probably take a bit more spin in the next two Test matches. But Dean scored a great 160 in the first innings and Quinny as well, a great combination of attack and defence."

Du Plessis also showed a lot of faith in his ace left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj and backed him to do well in the next two Tests.

"Keshav is a very, very good spinner," he said.

"He probably wasn't at his best in the second innings but I have a lot of confidence that on wickets that offer a little bit more spin, he is just as good as any one of the spinners in the Indian team."

The second Test starts on October 10 at Pune.