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Du Plessis says 'honour' to lead Proteas in T20 after replacing De Villiers for Kiwi series

Johannesburg, Fri, 14 Dec 2012 ANI

Johannesburg, Dec 14 (ANI): South Africa's new Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has admitted he was surprised when asked to captain Proteas in place of AB de Villiers for the New Zealand series, but added he is honoured to be picked for the role.

The 28-year-old was on Thursday named to lead South Africa in the upcoming three-match T20 series against New Zealand, starting in Durban on December 21.

Du Plessis takes over from regular limited overs captain AB de Villiers who will be rested for some of the T20 games, and for the all rounder, who also got engaged earlier this week, the appointment caps a truly remarkable month.

Du Plessis was the star on the Proteas' recent tour to Australia, where his 110 not out in the second Test in Adelaide helped South Africa pull off an unlikely draw which proved vital in the 1-0 series outcome.

"Gary (Kirsten, Proteas coach) asked me after the third Test (against Australia in Perth) if I'd be interested in taking over from AB against New Zealand," Sport24 quoted Du Plessis, as saying to a website.

"I was a bit surprised but it's a huge honour and I didn't hesitate for one moment. The captaincy is definitely the cherry on the cake after an unforgettable month or so and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," he added.

"T20 games are probably the toughest type of cricket to be captain in because everything happens so fast and you have to think on your feet. However, I enjoy the challenge of trying to stay one step ahead of the opponent," he said.

The Proteas play thee T20 games, two Tests and three ODI against the Kiwis. (ANI)


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