Du Plessis to be 'No. 1 couch fan' during Lord's Test

Michele Moreno
July 5, 2017

For the new skipper, the perennial question applies for top batsmen who take on additional responsibility: Will the burden of captaincy suppress Root's outstanding early Test batting record of 11 centuries, almost 5,000 runs and an average of 52.80? "We've got all the faith in Dean". Besides his superb skill, Philander brings a forthrightness to the squad offering clarity following a few weeks in which there's been little of it for the South African team.

The Proteas already have lost the ODI and T20 legs of the tour. We have a great record away from home so hopefully we can continue with that.

English conditions suit Philander as does the Duke ball that is used in this country, and retains its shine longer than it's Kookaburra cousin that's used in SA.

"But if he (Kuhn) does it well, he's got a (Test) career for three or four years". "It can play on your mind if you're not used to it".

While the South African bowlers seem capable of doing their jobs, the same level of confidence can't be attached to the batsmen.

One of Theunis de Bruyn, who made his Test debut in March, or the uncapped Aiden Markram will replace the skipper and seamer Vernon Philander has been cleared to play after overcoming an ankle injury.

With an injury-hit bowling lineup, seamer Toby Roland-Jones is in line for his debut at his home ground, while Mark Wood hasn't played test cricket for almost two years.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain echoed Richards' thoughts and warned Joe Root's side not to underestimate the tourists.

His man-of-the-match performance in the 51-run win at the ground in 2012 led the Proteas to a 2-0 series victory and the No.1 Test ranking.

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