Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis is the sort of leader that gets the best out of his players according to allrounder Chris Morris.
After losing the first Test against England by 211 runs last week, Du Plessis and his teammates are putting on a brave fight in the second five-dayer currently underway at Trent Bridge.
And the difference between the two Tests is the availability of Du Plessis.
Having missed the Lord’s match because of the birth of his child, Faf is back and immediately pulled the team together amidst the chaos of having fast bowler Kagiso Rabada suspended for the match, while coach Russell Domingo is also back in South Africa.
Allrounder Morris explains: “It’s quite easy for everyone to say how good Faf is.
“It’s just his character.
“He lives for playing for the Proteas and is what a Protea should be.
“He lives for the team and he leads by example.
“He puts his body on the line and he doesn’t mind batting for three days to save a Test.
“When a guy leads from the front, a lot of guys will follow.”
Morris, who replaced Theunis de Bruyn in the current squad, was one of the main reasons why South Africa enjoyed a 130-run first-innings lead and look well-set to level the series 1-1.
After scoring a patient 36 towards the end of the innings to help the Proteas to 335 all out, he bagged 3/38 as England only got 205 in reply.
Morris believes the English batsmen’s aggressive approach to the match might be their downfall and adds: “On this wicket, you are quite happy with guys coming at you.
“There is just enough in this wicket for fast bowlers to be excited, and with overhead conditions, with the ball swinging and the way the Duke [ball] moves around, we don’t mind guys coming at us.”