Du Plessis bullish against 'less verbal' Australia

South Africa inflicted a 5-0 ODI whitewash at home on Steven Smith's side - albeit one with a depleted bowling attack - and rate themselves highly as they head to Australia for a three-Test series.

"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," Faf du Plessis, who will captain South Africa in Australia because AB de Villiers is injured, 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."

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