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Du Plessis insists 'clarity' over South Africa coaching appointments
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Du Plessis insists 'clarity' over South Africa coaching appointments

Faf du Plessis has spoken on the urgency of full-time appointments regarding the national team's coaching staff in the wake of the humiliating Test series loss to India.

The Proteas skipper believed ambiguity over key management positions and the selection committee was "a massive red flag".

Cricket South Africa initiated a massive overhaul of the support staff in the aftermath of a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Head coach Ottis Gibson was fired from his post alongside his back-up staff and the selectors with CSA announcing an interim director of cricket and team director.

Corrie van Zyl and Enoch Nkwe were roped in to fill in the vacant positions but their first assignment in charge of the side saw South Africa crash to a series whitewash at the hands of the Virat Kohli-led India.

Du Plessis expressed his willingness to steer the inexperienced Proteas team through the testing times, calling it "the toughest period" in his career.

However, he said the uncertainty concerning the coaching roles needed to be resolved immediately.

"The most important thing right now is clarity. Someone needs to make decisions, the director of cricket first and then filter down so everyone else can make decisions," he said.

Du Plessis addressed the growing demands among fans to include former greats in the team's functioning by pointing out the financial constraints.

"It's obvious that we need to make more use of ex-players but it also comes with challenges," he added.

"I suppose it always comes down to finance. I know for a fact that we have tried to get them involved but the financial thing is a hurdle. We need experience in the team right now and that comes from ex-players."

Du Plessis calls for an end to coin toss

The 35-year-old highlighted the fact that losing the toss in all three Tests played in the favour of the hosts allowing them to utilise the helpful conditions.

"Every Test match they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it's dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts you are under pressure. It was like copy and paste in every Test match."

Du Plessis suggested the abolition of the coin toss in Test matches in order to balance the contest between home and away sides.

"Then away teams will have a better chance. In South Africa I don’t mind that, we bat on green tops anyway."

He also acknowledged his players were guilty of succumbing under pressure at times despite getting into strong positions.

"It was obvious from the way we played the last Test match. We started really well but by being put under pressure for a long period of time through the series, slowly but surely we started playing worse."