ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: South Africa

Posted: 30 May 2019 12:54 pm
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Can South Africa shed the "chokers" tag and finally win the ICC Cricket World Cup? Let's take a look at the squad's stats.

Also read: Our ICC Cricket World Cup guide

South Africa are the third-ranked team across the three formats of Test, ODI and T20 cricket. The Proteas are always one of the favourites going into the Cricket World Cup, but have been unable to get past the semi-finals on four occasions: in 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015. More than once they've had themselves to blame, perhaps most famously in 1999 against Australia – the last time the Cricket World Cup was held in England. The implosion that led to the run-out with the scores tied in that match has haunted South African teams ever since and this side will be keen to avoid a repeat.

Can South Africa win the Cricket World Cup?

South Africa are a team with a lot of talent and experience, as well as a balance that suggests they have all the boxes ticked. The majestic Hashim Amla might be coming towards the end of his career, but he's still a prize wicket for any bowler. Alongside Quinton de Kock's ingenuity with the bat and mercurial captain Faf du Plessis, the South African batting line-up oozes class.

A bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi is one to be feared, too, but there's plenty of depth as well to support those three speedsters.

South Africa should be good enough to reach the semi-finals, but after that it comes down to whether this group of players has enough mental fortitude to go further than South African teams of the past. If they do, South Africa might finally be able to shed the "chokers" tag that's been unfairly bestowed on them.

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How to watch South Africa's Cricket World Cup matches

If you want to watch South Africa win (or choke) in the Cricket World Cup you have two options: Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Both services show all 48 World Cup matches live and on demand. We've put together a detailed comparison of these options alongside a stack of additional information in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

South Africa Cricket World Cup squad

There's a stack of experience in the South African Cricket World Cup team, but the next generation of players hasn't had much luck. Indeed, four-game rookie Anrich Nortje was ruled out of the squad before the tournament began. Here is South Africa's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. This can be changed up until 30 May in case of injuries, so we'll update this list as required.

PlayerAgeCapsPositionBatting rankBowling rankAll-rounder rank
Faf du Plessis (c)35134Batsman5>10050
Quinton de Kock (vc, wk)26106Wicket-keeper-batsman4>100>100
Hashim Amla36174Batsman15>100>100
Aiden Markram2418Batsman90>100>100
Rassie van der Dussen309Batsman61>100>100
David Miller30120Batsman28>100>100
JP Duminy35194All-rounder589737
Andile Phehlukwayo2336All-rounder>1002014
Dwaine Pretorius3019All-rounder>1005271
Dale Steyn36125Bowler>1001677
Kagiso Rabada2564Bowler>100521
Lungi Ngidi2313Bowler>1002474
Chris Morris3234All-rounder>100>100>100
Imran Tahir4098Bowler>100439
Tabraiz Shamsi295Bowler>10072>100

South Africa Cricket World Cup fixtures

Here are all of the scheduled matches for South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This includes a guide on where to watch a live stream of South Africa's matches.

StageMatchDateStart time (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watch
Group1Thursday 30 May19:30EnglandSouth AfricaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group5Sunday 2 June19:30South AfricaBangladeshKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group8Wednesday 5 June19:30South AfricaIndiaThe Rose BowlKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group15Monday 10 June19:30South AfricaWest IndiesThe Rose BowlKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group21Saturday 15 June22:30South AfricaAfghanistanSophia GardensKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group25Wednesday 19 June19:30New ZealandSouth AfricaEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group30Sunday 23 June19:30PakistanSouth AfricaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group35Friday 28 June19:30Sri LankaSouth AfricaRiverside GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group45Saturday 6 July22:30AustraliaSouth AfricaOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finalsSF 1Tuesday 9 July19:301st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finalsSF 2Thursday 11 July19:302nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
FinalFSunday 14 July19:30Winner semi-final 1Winner semi-final 2Lord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

South Africa Cricket World Cup team news

du Plessis accepts South Africa were outplayed

31.5.19 – South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis has said England were "better than us in all three facets of the game". His comments came after his side's comprehensive loss to the hosts in the opening game of the tournament. The skipper also said a batting collapse ended any hopes of victory, "when you go three down chasing a big score like that, you're making it really tough for our batting unit to perform."

Steyn ruled out of tournament opener

29.5.19 – South Africa's pace spearhead, Dale Steyn, has been ruled out of the tournament opener against England through injury. It's not certain when he'll be fit to play but with nine group matches and depth in the fast bowling department, South Africa can afford not to rush Steyn back too early. Coach Ottis Gibson seemed relaxed about the situation saying Steyn was "not far away, but not ready yet" and was confident he'll be ready later on, adding "with a six-week tournament there's no real need to force the issue".

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