South Africa vs Bangladesh: Faf du Plessis welcomes ICC's DRS rule change ahead of first Test

"The umpire’s call is a very good change," said Du Plessis. "The system is there to back up the umpire but if you ask for a review and have made the right call (on whether the ball is shown to be hitting or missing part of the stumps) at least you get it back."

AFP, Sep 27, 2017 20:59:25 IST

Potchefstroom: South African captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday welcomed a change to the decision review system that will come into effect for the first time in the first Test against Bangladesh starting at Senwes Park on Thursday.

The change in the DRS system is one of several changes to playing regulations made by the International Cricket Council, including a restriction on bat sizes and a provision for players to be sent off the field for serious misconduct.

Teams will no longer lose a review for a leg before wicket decision if television replays show "umpire’s call" – a provision for umpires to have discretion on close decisions. Previously an unsuccessful review meant losing one of two opportunities for challenges in Test matches.

File image of Faf du PLessis. Getty images

File image of Faf du PLessis. Getty images

"The umpire’s call is a very good change," said Du Plessis. "The system is there to back up the umpire but if you ask for a review and have made the right call (on whether the ball is shown to be hitting or missing part of the stumps) at least you get it back."

Another change to the regulations is that reviews will not be re-set after 80 overs as in the past.

South Africa will enter the series with a new coach in West Indian Ottis Gibson and Du Plessis said it was an opportunity to get back to winning ways after a losing tour of England earlier this year.

He said of Gibson: "He wants to observe and see how we go about things and as time goes on he can start making a few decisions on what changes he wants to make. He has given a few fresh ideas to the bowling unit."

Although all-rounder Wayne Parnell was passed fit, Du Plessis said he was unlikely to play, with the final choice from the 13-man squad likely to be between batsman Theunis de Bruyn and uncapped all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

Du Plessis said Bangladesh deserved respect. "In the last two years their cricket has really improved. It is an opportunity for them to show they can play outside their own country. But if we play to our full potential it will be tough for Bangladesh."

It was announced that new ball bowler Vernon Philander, who had been due to play in a domestic match from Thursday, with a view to playing in next week's second Test, was still two or three weeks away from making a return from a back injury.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said the key for his side would be how the batsmen handled South Africa's fast bowlers on bouncy pitches. "It is our next challenge to do well abroad. We have drawn a series in Sri Lanka, were competitive for three days in a Test in India and our batsmen did well in New Zealand," he said.

"We know that against the top sides we have to be consistent for five days," said Rahim. "As a group we are confident and we have had some great days of training."

Updated Date: Sep 27, 2017 21:00:06 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
9 7 2 0 14
2
Mumbai
9 6 3 0 12
3
Delhi
9 5 4 0 10
4
Punjab
9 5 4 0 10
5
Hyderabad
8 4 4 0 8
6
Kolkata
8 4 4 0 8
7
Rajasthan
8 2 6 0 4
8
Bangalore
8 1 7 0 2
See Full Table





Top Stories

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
6 Sri Lanka 4737 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 7259 123
2 India 8508 120
3 New Zealand 6071 112
4 South Africa 6181 112
5 Australia 5701 108
6 Pakistan 5147 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 5280 135
2 India 5726 122
3 England 3036 121
4 Australia 3613 120
5 South Africa 3366 120
6 New Zealand 3367 116