London — Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla have been spared the charade of pretending Zimbabwe will offer tough resistance when the visitors face SA in the one-day series that starts in Kimberley on Sunday. But JP Duminy has drawn the short straw: as SA’s stand-in captain in Du Plessis’s absence he will have to take it all seriously. As will Dean Elgar, who has been rustled from the rest he earned by helping Surrey win the county championship to replace Amla. Oh to have been a fly on the grumpy batsman’s wall when he took that call. A Cricket SA release on Tuesday quoted team manager Mohammed Moosajee as saying the medical committee had decided Du Plessis has "not made a satisfactory recovery from his shoulder injury [sustained in Sri Lanka in August] and has been given more time to make a complete recovery". Duminy has led SA in nine T20s‚ of which his team have won four. The Zimbabweans‚ who have won only five of the 26 games they have played in 2018 and crashed out of the 2019 World...

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