Proteas hero sets goosebump record

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Proteas hero ... Faf Du Plessis walks off 110 not out after saving South Africa from a certain loss. Source:AP

Faf du Plessis not only saved a Test match for South Africa, but he reckons he also set a new world record.

"I was going through a lot of emotions, I had goosebumps, it's the record for the longest goosebumps ever," du Plessis said.

On Test debut, du Plessis became South Africa's latest hero: he defied Australia for more than seven and a half hours in scoring an unbeaten 110 to save the second Test in Adelaide.

Du Plessis also made 78 in the first innings, after fearing he would be timed out when losing a boot, then almost tripping down the pavilion stairs.

"The second innings, I took my time going down the stairs," the man-of-the-match said.

Du Plessis, who batted the entire final day on Monday, said the fact Australia got within two wickets of victory "just makes the story so much better".

But he gave the Australians credit for one thing: their relentless sledging.

"They didn't stop for five minutes, they just kept chattering in my ear the whole day," he said.

"But probably we would have done the same thing, they were fighting firstly, and then they were getting frustrated they couldn't get us out.

"Credit to them for speaking the whole day."

The 28-year-old admitted suffering a serious dose of the nervous 90s.

"It felt like forever," he said.

"I think I was on 96 and I went through a stage where I was going 'I'm one boundary away here from getting a hundred so please bowl me a half-volley'.

"I quickly realised that it doesn't work like that in Test cricket."

After reaching his ton, du Plessis battled cramp and exhaustion, but ultimately walked from the field aching yet content.

"It just makes it a little bit more sweeter," he said.

"One day when I look back, I can say I pushed through the physical side of things.

"It just shows you how far you can go if you're mentally strong enough."

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