SPORTS DAY: Faf in India is a no-brainer, says Boucher
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Return of Faf is a welcome selection headache
Finding a place in the batting line-up for former captain Faf du Plessis in SA’s three-match ODI series against India has given coach Mark Boucher a welcome selection headache. The Proteas’ programme on the sub-continent starts on Thursday in Dharamshala and it continues to Lucknow on Sunday with the last match scheduled for Kolkata next Wednesday. Boucher said it’s a no-brainer to have Du Plessis‚ who was rested for the 3-0 series whitewash over Australia‚ in India even though his availability has come with its own set of challenges. The coach turned to Jon-Jon Smuts‚ Janneman Malan‚ Kyle Verreynne and Heinrich Klaasen when SA faced Australia and they returned with satisfactory performances in the top and middle order in Du Plessis’s absence. But Smuts‚ Malan‚ Verreynne and Klaasen have played 28 matches between them while the former skipper has featured in 143 matches since his debut in 2011...