Du Plessis: Australia will be mentally scarred from whitewash


Faf du Plessis believes Australia will be mentally scarred by their one-day international series thrashing by South Africa when the two sides renew their rivalry in a three-match Test series next month.

The Proteas completed a 5-0 series whitewash over the beleaguered world champions on home soil last week.

Australia must now regroup as they aim to hit back in the longest format at home, where they will look to put another whitewash in their last Test series in Sri Lanka behind them.

Du Plessis thinks a drubbing in South Africa will leave Australia wounded, but the stand-in Test captain knows facing Australia in their own backyard will be a very different challenge.

"To beat Australia the way we did, really convincingly and not giving them a sniff, will leave a bit of a scar on them mentally." he said.

"I also appreciate that a Test team is a different team, and probably a more mature team, but if we can start really well in that first Test match to remind them that we are in the same space as a Test team, we will have a really good tour.

"People's expectation will be of us going there and dominating Australia again but that's not the case.

"We've had an amazing series, which has been the highlight of a lot of our careers, but we go to Australia on a blank slate.

"The guys are confident but it's not just going in guns blazing and thinking we can dominate them. We will have to earn that right again."

Du Plessis also revealed that the current Australia side are far less hostile than the team he faced when he first arrived on the international stage.

"When I first started playing against Australia, the guys were the toughest team to play against because of their personalities. They were guys that competed by being verbal." he said.

"If you look at the Australian team now, their personalities have changed. They don't have those aggressive guys that are at you the whole day, swearing the whole day.

"We play a similar brand of cricket now. We are very competitive but we respect each other's personal space."

The first Test gets under way at the WACA on November 3.