South Africa flew into the Cricket World Cup a little under the radar but the awesome range of their power hitting has seen the side post the top three scores in the tournament, which stand-in captain Aiden Markram puts down to their adaptability.
Aiden Markram says South Africa's cricketers are taking "inspiration" from the Springboks' run to the Rugby World Cup final as they continue their own quest for global glory in India.
Three of South Africa's top four batters smashed rapid hundreds as they racked up a tournament record total of 428-5 en route to a comprehensive victory over the 1996 champions.
South Africa batters belted the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park in their opening World Cup fixture at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Saturday.
Cricket South Africa director Enoch Nkwe said this did not mean the door was closed on Du Plessis, 38, who has not played for South Africa since February 2021, or other non-contracted cricketers
South Africa name the uncapped duo of Andile Phehlukwayo and Aiden Markram for next week's first test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, with the latter to make his debut as an opener.