ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa team profile

first_img All-Rounder Quinton de Kock Quinton de Kock Imran Tahir Imran Tahir SL 52 Total Wickets Beuran Hendricks Beuran Hendricks South Africa Bowled – 16 Aiden Markram Aiden Markram BAN 3 – WON Total runs in each powerplay Bowler STUMPED – 2 Bowler Kagiso Rabada Kagiso Rabada LBW – 2 4s-155 6s-27 Bowler Wicket Keeper Caught – 30 Batsman 5 – Lost JP Duminy JP Duminy David Miller David Miller All-Rounder Total 50’s/100’s 9/1 WI ENG Dwaine Pretorius Dwaine Pretorius Batsman Chris Morris Chris Morris All-Rounder AUS Batsman Run Outs – 2 Rassie van der Dussen Rassie van der Dussen PAK The South African cricket team, also known as ‘The Proteas’ is administrated by Cricket South Africa. South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. Cricket in South Africa was established by the British, and the first tour by a side from England took place in 1888-89. South Africa played its first Test match (against a touring England side at Port Elizabeth), becoming the third Test nation.However, in 1970, the ICC voted to suspend the team from international cricket indefinitely because of its government’s policy of apartheid, an overtly racist policy, which led them to play only against the white nations (England, Australia, New Zealand), and field only white players. This decision excluded players such as stalwart Graeme Pollock from partaking in international Test Cricket. Such a move caused the exodus of bright future prospects like Allan Lamb and Robin Smith, who both played for England, and Kepler Wessels, who initially played for Australia, before returning to South Africa. The team was reinstated in 1991 as a Test nation after the deconstruction of apartheid, and the team played its first official match since 1970 (and its first-ever ODI) against India in 1991. Since the reinstatement, the Proteas have had mixed success. Even when the team has been considered to be a favourite to win big tournaments, good fortune deserts it.The match-fixing scandal that shook the cricketing fraternity got momentum from Hansie Cronje’s claims. With his mysterious death in a plane crash, a chapter in South African cricket closed.The South African cricket has produced many greats. Jacques Kallis possibly is the best ever to represent them, while in Graeme Smith, they had a leader who was very instrumental in putting them on top, particularly in Test cricket. To add to that, the likes of Allan Donald, Daryll Cullinan, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla etc also contributed massively to their success.The team has reached the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup three times but has failed to progress into the finals, with Herschelle Gibbs famously dropping Australian captain Steve Waugh in 1999 in a round-robin game. They performed well in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, until New Zealand beat them in the quarterfinals, unfortunately ending their World Cup campaign.The Proteas were once again amongst the favourites in the 2015 World Cup. They had a very good run but it came to an end against New Zealand in the semis. A poor run in the 2017 Champions Trophy followed where they failed to qualify for the knockout stages. In 2018, they were dealt a huge blow as arguably their best batsman, AB de Villiers bowed out of international cricket. SA South Africa have previously arrived at Cricket World Cup tournaments among the favourites to lift the trophy and failed dismally, but this time around can fly under the radar with a youthful team largely shorn of the baggage of the past.Since they were re-admitted to international sport in 1992, the Proteas have reached the semi-finals in four of their seven World Cup appearances, but never made the final.Only seven of South Africa’s 15-man squad, however, have been to a World Cup before, and while they have some concerns going into the tournament in England and Wales, there is a freshness about their side that coach Ottis Gibson hopes will leave any negativity buried deep in the past.”It is a fresh start for us,” Gibson said. “It is my first time with the team and we have been using the same language for the last 18 months since I have been here. NZ Faf du Plessis Captain Faf du Plessis Faf du Plessis 782 runs in boundries AFG Batsman Andile Phehlukwayo Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Matches Played Bowler Team Profile South Africa 1934 Total runs scored Bowler Lungi Ngidi Lungi Ngidi IND Tabraiz Shamsi Tabraiz Shamsi Bowler “It is one of positivity all the time. What is gone in the past is gone. We are not taking the past with us to the World Cup, it is a new adventure for us.”When all their players are fit, South Africa look a balanced side, albeit with a top order batting line-up that is prone to collapse.Their major concern though lies in a bowling attack that has tremendous pace, skill and guile, but three frontline seamers who have all had injury concerns in the build-up to the tournament.Kagiso Rabada tweaked his troublesome back during the Indian Premier League, while Dale Steyn suffered a recurrence of his on-going shoulder problems.advertisementLungi Ngidi, who has a knack of taking early wickets, did not go to the IPL at all with a side-strain.Whether the trio can last from South Africa’s opener against England at The Oval on May 30 and a potential final on July 14 may dictate the team’s trophy chances.Other key players are wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who blasts away at the top of the order, and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who is 40 years old but arguably in the form of his life.Getting out-of-form opener Hashim Amla to fire would be a big bonus for the team, though they do have Aiden Markram, who excelled in a recent short spell with Hampshire, as a potential replacement.”This is the beauty of the 15 players we have selected, it gives us so many options, we can interchange people and put them in different positions,” Gibson added.”That is fantastic going into a World Cup where weather conditions will dictate a lot of how the tournament is played.”last_img