tandard Bank Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has cautioned against complacency heading into the third Test match against England starting at The Oval on Thursday. The Proteas enter the match as favourites following their 340-run win in the second match in Nottingham, but will be wary of a fightback from the hosts, who have been under close scrutiny and criticism throughout the week. An overriding characteristic of Du Plessis’ captaincy has been his simple and candid approach to the role, which has been clear in his message to the players in preparation for the series-defining match. Du Plessis says he isn’t concerned about the lack of hundreds this series – the highest scores are 87 from Hashim Amla and 80 from Dean Elgar– citing conditions and the low-scoring matches as contributing factors. The Oval conditions present an opportunity for the batsmen to correct this statistic, however, expected cloudy conditions could make it another testing surface for them.

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