Cricket: Du Plessis hopes for home comfort in ‘Old Trafford’

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is determined to make a “big play” at an Old Trafford ground he knows well when his side go in search of a series-levelling win in the fourth Test against England. The Proteas head into the series finale, which starts on Friday, 2-1 down with one to play after a 239-run loss at The Oval.
This upcoming Test has added meaning for du Plessis as it was during his time with Old Trafford-based county side Lancashire nearly a decade ago that saw the now 33-year-old batsman rekindle his desire for international cricket.
“I’m very very thankful for my time at Lancashire, I really enjoyed it, it played a big role in my journey to where I am today,” du Plessis told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.
“It’s really good to be back. I’m really motivated to make a big play in the next five days,” insisted du Plessis, who was also an overseas professional with Lancashire League club Ramsbottom. With rain falling from typically leaden Manchester skies, du Plessis joked: “It’s good to see the weather is exactly the same as I left it.”
As was the case at The Oval, conditions for the fourth Test are set to be overcast.
It means runs will be at a premium, with South Africa knowing a repeat of their first-innings 175 at The Oval will all but scupper their hopes of squaring the series.
“When it is like that, there is more in it for the bowlers,” du Plessis said. “The ball does swing here and move around and we expect that, we have to deal with that.”

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