Du Plessis enjoying Australia's selection panic


Faf du Plessis claims South Africa are revelling in Australia's selection discomfort as the Proteas' temporary skipper seeks to escape the ball-tampering spotlight.

While the tourists have cruised to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series, Du Plessis, standing in for the injured AB de Villiers, has made headlines for the wrong reasons after being found guilty of ball tampering.

Meanwhile, in a bid to arrest their alarming form slump going into the final Test in Adelaide, Australia have made sweeping changes, something gratefully seized upon by the embattled Du Plessis as an indication of the home team's struggles.

"Certainly I was very surprised to see the changes to that extent," he told a news conference.

"When you think of Australian cricket teams of the past... I saw a tweet of David Hussey where he said he'd made 15,000 runs and never got a crack at playing for Australia.

"To see the changes now, that brings pleasure to see what we're doing. What we're doing is creating something in the Australian team they feel they need to change.

"If I was sitting in that team, a lot of changes means you're trying to change everything in your team. I'd rather be sitting on my side."

The final match of the series, starting at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, will be South Africa's first taste of day/night Test cricket, the Proteas having reversed their initial opposition to the concept following improvements to the pink ball that has been developed for use in the new time slot. 

"When they said they changed the seam, made it black and it would have better visibility, things started changing," Du Plessis said. 

"We just wanted to be part of something and not miss out and see what's it's all about."