All the fitness in the world is not going to change the fact that the guy does not even average 40 after all those innings’s
Simply not good enough for your test number 4 bat aged 36 not even averaging 40
We need to move on
No use to argue about this one as well, There is no future depending on him in all levels of the game - he is way past getting better due to his age, I was pleasantly surprised by his performance in the test, but it is very unlikely that it would be repeated in future,
Is he going to keep playing on international level taking into account his own comments in 2019 about retirement after the T20I WC? We just do not know.
Du Plessis was putrid against the English T20I's in December 2020 and did poorly despite his "great fitness" - but it is eye-hand co-ordination that determines whether a player should continue, That determine wheteher players can continue batting at top level and is affected by aging.
The SriLankan bowling effort was poor because of injuries to three of their key bowlers during the match and as a result their bowling effort was poor, In any event the pitch favored the batsmen and that help all batsmen for both SriLanka and the Protrea batters. . .
Despite his alleged fitness Du Plessis ran out of steam late in his innings and could not even hit ones to get to 200 runs.
In essence I agree with Dave - the Proteas should start looking for an alternative. The next test is possibly against Australia starting in late February 2021 and their bowlers will not be as kind to Du Plessis as the SL bowlers were..
The only way Faf will go is if he retires they won’t drop him. Same applies to Elgar
An unfortunate situation when players are selected on reputation and merit is not a consideration. I have reason to believe that Faf will not repeat the innings he played against the SL's and will be looking poor against the Aussies.