Despite being on the verge of a Test series whitewash against Australia Down Under, Faf du Plessis will not be the captain of the Proteas once AB de Villiers returns to the national fold.
Regular skipper De Villiers is currently sidelined because of an elbow injury and South Africa’s convenor of selectors Linda Zondi is adamant that he will slot straight back in to lead the team once fit again.
Zondi tells Cricinfo: “At the moment it’s clear to us that Faf is stand-in captain and AB is the current captain when he comes back, looking at his fitness and so on.”
De Villiers, though, will have to prove his match fitness first, with Zondi saying: “We will be guided by the medical team in terms of match fitness.”
Of Du Plessis, Zondi adds: “We nominated Faf to be a stand-in captain and he has done a very good job.
“It was an easy process for us when the decision was made because he was already a T20 captain.
“So it was a continuation. We are excited to have him as a leader.
“It just gives us more options. And we have other guys like I said, Hashim Amla, who also bring that experience.
Meanwhile, Du Plessis has been accused of ball tampering using “mint saliva” during the Proteas’ victory over Australia in the second Test in Hobart.
The incident was caught on camera and shows the skipper sticking his finger deep inside his mouth, while chewing gum, before rubbing the ball with his gop.
The International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday that they are reviewing the footage.
“The ICC has been alerted to the footage and is currently reviewing the incident from the perspective of it being a possible breach of the ICC Code of Conduct,” an ICC spokesperson told Independent Media from Dubai.