Du Plessis likely to draw curtains on T20I career post WC

Du Plessis likely to draw curtains on T20I career post WC

The South Africans easily protected their 108 for six total off 10 overs to restrict Australia to 87 for seven with Morris the star of the Proteas bowling attack.

Heavy rains and a dominant South African performance proved too much for the Australians in their first-ever T20 global on the Gold Coast. It was the sixth loss in eight T20Is for Australia and fourth in a row.

"From our perspective, T20 cricket for us over the last two or three years has been a case of bringing in the young guys, giving them an opportunity, so we never really play our strongest XI, which isn't great for the global game", he said.

The mercurial Maxwell couldn't stop Australia losing their fourth straight T20 global despite his best efforts, top scoring with 38. "The boys are hurting as much as anyone but we'll turn it around real quick (in the home series) against India". "I think they (South Africa) got off to a great start with the bat".

Earlier he impressed in the field with 1-14 and two catches, including a brilliant juggling effort on the boundary rope to dismiss dangerman, captain Faf du Plessis (27). Glenn Maxwell, who was standing at the deep mid-wicket area grabbed a stunner to get Australia back on track. That left South Africa at 84 for three, triggering a rash of late wickets for only 24 runs.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and AJ Tye both picked up two wickets for the hosts. Tye bowled out his only two overs at the end of the innings to finish with two for 18 while Coulter-Mile captured two for 19.

The match did finally get underway after a delay of almost two hours with each side allowed half of their usual number of overs and South Africa, put in to bat, made a bright start with 42 runs off the three power play overs.

Australia will next take on India in a three-match T20I series - Wednesday in Brisbane, Friday in Melbourne and November 25 in Sydney.

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