Du Plessis spent his summer in Australia with his chest puffed out and a cocksure attitude. He left with his reputation lightly tarnished by an ugly ball-tampering scandal, but also as a triumphant captain whose reputation
as a tactician and batsman had been enhanced. He simply played too well against Australia not to win your respect and that proved to be the case against everyone in the year in question, averaging above 50 in all but one of his four series. In that series, against Sri Lanka, he still averaged 49.75.