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Faf calls on Proteas to show their character

By AFP | 2017-07-14 08:13:20.0

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has urged the Proteas to pass a "huge test of character" when they face England again at Trent Bridge.

Du Plessis did not play in England's crushing 211-run win in the first match of a four-test series at Lord's last week, following the birth of his first child.

But he watched South Africa lose 10 wickets in less than two sessions on TV as they slumped to 119 all out in their second innings with more than a day to spare.

"I had the baby with one arm and watched the cricket with one eye," Du Plessis told reporters at Trent Bridge yesterday - his 33rd birthday and the day before the second test starts today.

"I saw a lot of interesting things from the side, which is probably a bit of outside perspective. You don't always get that," he added as he took back the reins from stand-in skipper Dean Elgar.

"I'm really excited to be back with the team. It was tough going for us, the previous one. We weren't as good as we would like to have been but in cricket you get another go and we're looking forward to this next test."

South Africa have a proud away test record. In their past 19 series spanning some 10 years on the road, they've won 13, drawn five and lost just one - in India in 2015-16. SA's task this match has been made harder by pace bowler Kagiso Rabada's one-match ban for swearing at England's Ben Stokes at Lord's, while coach Russell Domingo is back home after the death of his mother.

"KG [Rabada] is an unforeseen circumstance, so you can't plan for that," senior batsman Du Plessis said. "The stuff off the field you can't plan for [either] - I didn't expect the baby to come earlier, the tragedy in Russell's family, etcetera - it's a huge character test for us."

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