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It is no secret that Faf du Plessis understands Australians better than most South Africans. Maybe that is part of the reason why he has‚ as SA’s captain‚ reeled off four consecutive series wins against the Aussies — in Test and one-day series‚ home and away. For good measure‚ he added victory in the one-off T20 between the teams at Carrara in Queensland on Saturday. That marked the end of Du Plessis’ first visit to Australia since March‚ when Steve Smith‚ David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were exposed as ball-tamperers during the Newlands Test. With that Australian cricket was plunged into a pit of painful introspection from which it has yet to emerge. Reviews into the culture of the game have formed a backdrop to a slew of forced and voluntary personnel changes‚ and softened the experience of playing in Australia for visitors. “They were tame; you could sense why‚” Du Plessis said about the reception the South Africans received from the hitherto aggressive Australians.

“It’s...

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