The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is all set to captivate the cricket fans all over the world between May 30 to July 14. The 12th edition of the quadrennial event is set to take place in England and Wales.
South Africa made their debut at the ICC World Cup in 1992. It’s been 27 years since the Proteas made their debut at the World Cup, since then they have been the part of the tournament in every edition but failed to reach the finals in every edition. However, they have reached the Semifinals on four occasions.
South Africa has always had the best of the teams but they always choke during the World Cup. The Proteas once again enters the world cup with a strong team. The team has a powerful bowling and batting combination in their squad. However, the team is still predicted to reach the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the team has a poor history when playing under pressure.
South Africa strength relies on its bowling lineup which includes Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.
While their weakest point is their batting as only Faf du Plessis looks in great touch and all other batsmen are not reliable.
Faf du Plessis suggested that their team can’t afford to lose another world cup and they have to stick to their basics.
He said, “We believed you had to be really special to win the that you had to do something more than you usually do, which is not true. Whatever we’ve been doing consistently, the way we’ve played while beating teams that will work. We have to do the basics as well as possible, teams don’t win the World Cup by someone scoring a century off 50 balls or taking 7 for 20.”
South Africa will face Sri Lanka and West Indies in their two warm-up matches before the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They’ll play Sri Lanka on May 24 and Windies on May 26.
May 30 (Thursday): England vs South Africa — The Oval – 3 p.m.
June 2 (Sunday): South Africa vs Bangladesh – The Oval – 3 p.m.
June 5 (Wednesday): South Africa vs India – Southampton – 3 p.m.
June 10 (Monday): South Africa vs West Indies – Southampton – 3 p.m.
June 15 (Saturday): South Africa vs Afghanistan – Cardiff – 6 p.m.
June 19 (Wednesday): New Zealand vs South Africa – Birmingham – 3 p.m.
June 23 (Sunday): Pakistan vs South Africa – Lords – 3 p.m.
June 28 (Friday): Sri Lanka vs South Africa – Durham – 3 p.m.
July 6 (Saturday): Australia vs South Africa – Manchester – 6 p.m.
Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
South Africa will hope to remove their tag of ‘chokers’ in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by performing better than the previous editions.