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Faf du Plessis: T20 World Cup likely to be my last international tour

The skipper has represented his country on 219 occasions across all formats since making his debut in 2011

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South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis says that the World T20 in Australia is likely to be his last outing as an international cricketer.

Speaking ahead of his team’s T20I against Australia at the Carrara Oval on Saturday, the 36-year-old suggested the 2020 tournament will act as his final tour with South Africa.

"The T20 World Cup is in Australia and that's not too far away, so hopefully we'll be back for that and that will probably be my last international tour I would think," said du Plessis.

The captain has represented his country on 219 occasions across all three formats since making his debut in 2011.

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Du Plessis had made 219 appearances for South Africa

Meanwhile du Plessis suggested that T20 leagues are affecting the strength of the international game.

"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 international game," he stated.

"Football [has] a situation where it's playing for your clubs and then there's an international tournament. In my opinion that's a good place for T20 cricket to be in, because you shouldn't be trying to compete with the leagues because they are so strong at the moment.

"And I can see the same with other teams – it's almost never their strongest teams, and fans come to watch the best players play."

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