ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa Squad analysis

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South Africa Cricket World Cup 2019
South Africa Cricket Team

South Africa have never won a single world cup since they were re-admitted to the international stage in 1992. Looking at the previous world cup encounters, the Proteas have reached the semai-finals four times of their seven world cup appearances, but never made the final. The proteas were called as “Chokers” since they were collapsing at the crucial stage of the matches to qualify for the finals.

Despite of the past, Faf du Plessis-led South Africa enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a mixed team of experience and first-timers. 

As they get ready for the 2019 ICC world cup event, we take a look at their 15-man squad:

South Africa Cricket World Cup Squad

1. Faf Du Plessis (captain, batsman)

2. David Miller (batsman)

3. Aiden Markram (batsman)

4. Hashim Amla (batsman)

5. Rassie van der Dussen (batsman)

6. Jean-Paul Duminy (batting all-rounder)

7. Dwaine Pretorius (bowling all-rounder)

8. Andile Phehlukwayo (bowling all-rounder)

9. Chris Morris (bowling all-rounder)

10. Quinton De-Kock (WK-batsman)

11. Kagiso Rabada (bowler)

12. Lungi Ngidi (bowler)

13. Imran Tahir (bowler)

14. Tabraiz Shamsi (bowler)

15. Dale Steyn (bowler) 

To know other team squads, see ICC Cricket World Cup Squads 2019

Players to watch out for

The proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who blasts away at the top of the order and he is the only wicket keeper for the team. So, team South Africa will rely hevily on on the wicket keepers fitness.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis batting consistently well with average of 46. He will not give away his wicket easily and helps with the run flow.

Kagiso Rabada has been phenomenal in the recent matches, he took 16 wickets in the last 10 matches.

While, other pace bowler Lungi Ngidi also took 16 wickets in the last 10 matches, but he played the last match in March against Sri Lanka. He suffered a side strain in South Africa’s ODI series against Sri LankaHe ruled out of IPL 2019 due to the injury, and later he was announced in the world cup squad in April 2019 after the rehab programme. No doubt that Ngidi will be a key player to the proteas squad.

South Africa Cricket World Cup Schedule and Fixtures

Date Match Venue
May 30, 2019 England vs South Africa The Oval, London
June 2, 2019 South Africa vs Bangladesh The Oval, London
June 5, 2019 South Africa vs India Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 10, 2019 South Africa vs West Indies Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 15, 2019 South Africa vs Afghanistan Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 19, 2019 New Zealand vs South Africa Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 23, 2019 Pakistan vs South Africa Lord’s, London
June 28, 2019 Sri Lanka vs South Africa The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street
July 6, 2019 Australia vs South Africa Old Trafford, Manchester

Check out the full schedule and fixtures of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Prediction

South have the upper hand due to the strong bowling attack, they will collapse top and middle order batters.

With excellence form in both batting and bowling, there is a steer chance of getting into the semi finals. Will they avenge for those past semi-final defeats? Well, we have to wait and watch.

Also read England squad analysis for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019