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.

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank All-rounder rank
Faf du Plessis (c) 35 134 Batsman 5 >100 50
Quinton de Kock (vc, wk) 26 106 Wicket-keeper-batsman 4 >100 >100
Hashim Amla 36 174 Batsman 15 >100 >100
Aiden Markram 24 18 Batsman 90 >100 >100
Rassie van der Dussen 30 9 Batsman 61 >100 >100
David Miller 30 120 Batsman 28 >100 >100
JP Duminy 35 194 All-rounder 58 97 37
Andile Phehlukwayo 23 36 All-rounder >100 20 14
Dwaine Pretorius 30 19 All-rounder >100 52 71
Dale Steyn 36 125 Bowler >100 16 77
Kagiso Rabada 25 64 Bowler >100 5 21
Lungi Ngidi 23 13 Bowler >100 24 74
Chris Morris 32 34 All-rounder >100 >100 >100
Imran Tahir 40 98 Bowler >100 4 39
Tabraiz Shamsi 29 5 Bowler >100 72 >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.

Stage Match Date Start time (AEST) Team A Team B Venue Where to watch
Group 1 Thursday 30 May 19:30 England South Africa Kennington Oval Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 5 Sunday 2 June 19:30 South Africa Bangladesh Kennington Oval Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 8 Wednesday 5 June 19:30 South Africa India The Rose Bowl Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 15 Monday 10 June 19:30 South Africa West Indies The Rose Bowl Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 21 Saturday 15 June 22:30 South Africa Afghanistan Sophia Gardens Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 25 Wednesday 19 June 19:30 New Zealand South Africa Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 30 Sunday 23 June 19:30 Pakistan South Africa Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 35 Friday 28 June 19:30 Sri Lanka South Africa Riverside Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 45 Saturday 6 July 22:30 Australia South Africa Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finals SF 1 Tuesday 9 July 19:30 1st 4th Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finals SF 2 Thursday 11 July 19:30 2nd 3rd Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Final F Sunday 14 July 19:30 Winner semi-final 1 Winner semi-final 2 Lord's Kayo 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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