There has been much hype revolving around Faf du Plessis’s decision to lead the Proteas in the first Test against England at Lord’s. The possibility that he may not fulfil his role in the opening match sent supporters into a fit of rage.
Due to the difficult birth of his first-born child, it is reported that he will be unable to return in time for the opening match of the four-Test series.
After South Africa departed the Champions Trophy with an embarrassing defeat, Du Plessis returned home for the birth of his child.
According to CricketSA, Dean Elgar will captain the Proteas in Du Plessis’ absence, and will become the 12th player since readmission to captain the South African Test team.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Faf’s wife gave birth to their first child last week but the difficult nature of the delivery has delayed his return to the UK.
“The mother and baby have settled at home but he will be unable to make it back in time to take part in the first Test match. He will link up with the squad in the UK later this week.”
It has also been confirmed that the baby is a girl sport24 states.