South Africa captain Faf du Plessis suggests scrapping the toss in Test matches
South Africa’s 3-0 whitewash to India in the recently concluded three-match Test series has been termed as one of the worst performance by a travelling team. While the Proteas looked down an out against a lethal Indian side, skipper Faf du Plessis’ toss luck also failed miserably as he went on to lose the coin flip in all of the three matches. Du Plessis has now suggested that Test cricket should advance without toss which should hand travelling teams some leverage in away conditions.
Du Plessis said that India opted to bat first in all of the three matches and after scoring 500 or so, they declared their innings when it was dark at evening which resulted in South Africa losing a couple of wickets and getting under pressure in the following day. The South Africa skipper further said that he doesn’t have any problem if the toss is removed from Test matches played in South Africa while citing that they bat on green pitches.
"Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it's dark, they get three wickets when it's dark and when day three starts, you're under pressure," du Plessis said. "It was like copy and paste in every Test match."
"[If it is removed] then away teams have a better chance. In South Africa, I don't mind that. We bat on green tops anyway," du Plessis added.
After drawing the three-match T20I series 1-1, South Africa proceeded to the Test series on a positive note. However, they looked a different side in the longest format of the game and surrendered their arms in front of a lethal Indian side. The Virat Kohli-led India won the first match by 203 runs while sealing the second match by an innings and 137 runs. When it looked India have reached newer heights, the Men in Blue thrashed the Proteas by an innings and 202 runs in the final match of the series to end the series 3-0.