Australia impress Du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will be wary of Australia's "powerhouse" batting line-up at the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20.

Du Plessis believes Australia's top seven are one of the strongest in the tournament, while their pace attack will also be one of the most feared in Bangladesh.

George Bailey's side departed South Africa with a 2-0 victory in the rain-hit Twenty20 series, and Du Plessis was impressed with what he saw.

"They've got a powerhouse batting attack," he said. "Every one of their top seven or eight can take the game away from you.

"That makes them very dangerous. They've also good quality fast bowling. They didn't give us anything to hit in the first six overs. They have a very good chance of getting to the semi-finals."


But Du Plessis admitted his side only contributed to their own downfall against Australia, demanding an improvement in all areas when they get to Bangladesh.

"We lost early wickets and there were mistakes by the batting unit," he said. "We're not giving our big hitters the base to attack from. We bowled the wrong lines and lengths and we made mistakes in the field.

"We've had good success in the sub-continent and we've got two warm-up games before the tournament. But we need to play our best cricket if we are to do well."

Australia paceman Mitchell Starc was man-of-the-match after taking 2-16 in the six-wicket win at Centurion on Friday, their fifth victory in a row following the series sweep against England.

"We've got a lot out of the three games against England and the two weeks here," said Starc.

"A fair few of us haven't been to Bangladesh, but we've got a warm-up game against New Zealand which will give us a good idea of what to expect.

"It will be a case of doing everything as well as we can before that first game."

Australia open their World Twenty20 campaign against Pakistan next Sunday.