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Rating the last five South African Test captains 

S Samaddar
Top 5 / Top 10
04 Jan 2018, 20:17 IST

#3 Faf du Plessis

England v South Africa - 4th Investec Test: Day Four
Faf du Plessis tasted his first humbling experience in the summer of 2017

In December of 2016, Faf du Plessis as South Africa's full-time Test captain after AB de Villiers relinquished the post. However, prior to that, he had captained the team to a series victory against New Zealand at home after De Villiers was unavailable due to an injury.

His first series as the full-time captain started off on a superb note when South Africa thumped Australia 2-1 Down Under and there remained no doubt that he was the right choice for the top job after what had gone on in the previous year.

His calming presence at the helm of affairs and his availability seemed to be perfect for South Africa. Following the victory away at New Zealand, Du Plessis tasted his first humbling experience in the summer of 2017 in England when South Africa crashed to a 3-1 defeat.

Even then, a win percentage of 62.50 in 15 Tests is not too bad. However, a stern test now awaits him in 2018, with the world's number 1 ranked side India visiting South African shores and this series might give a clear indication of where the team and the captain stand. 

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