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'It’s time for us to look ahead' - Du Plessis wants focus to be placed on cricket
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'It’s time for us to look ahead' - Du Plessis wants focus to be placed on cricket

Faf du Plessis has refused to be drawn into the numerous controversies plaguing Cricket South Africa as he called on the administrators to prioritise the national team's forthcoming home series against England.

South Africa is expected to take on England in the first of the four Tests on December 26 at Centurion but the lingering uncertainty with regards to the coaching and selection panel seems to have jeopardised their preparations for the series.

Amidst this backdrop, du Plessis stressed on the need for regrouping and reassessing the challenge posed by their next on-field assignment.

"There's not much time before the England series, so now it's about putting the focus back on to the team and making sure that the Test team gets all the things that are required for them, or us, to be successful," the 35-year-old said.

The South African captain made these comments after leading his side Paarl Rocks to the top of the Mzansi Super League six-team table and securing a home final for the team on December 16.

Du Plessis deflected any questions probing his thoughts on the crises engulfing CSA, which include the withdrawal of a major sponsor, the resignation of three independent directors and the suspension of chief executive Thabang Moroe on charges of misconduct.

The imminent appointment of Graeme Smith as the board's new director of cricket has been cited as a major step in resolving the current myriad of problems that have befallen CSA.

"It’s time for us to look ahead," du Plessis said.

"The players have got absolutely nothing to do with what is happening behind the scenes. It's important to separate that from a player's point of view."

South Africa's cricket team itself has been under the pump since their catastrophic World Cup campaign was followed by a 3-0 hammering at the hands of India in the away Test series.