Washout could leave S Africa World Cup hopes down the drain

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

South Africa skipper Faf duPlessis revealed that he got a call from former Proteas captainAB de Villiers who expressed his willingness to come out of retirement to help the team in the upcoming tournament. West Indies now have three points from three games. The team was happy to get on with business.

But it was agreed that De Villiers, who retired from worldwide cricket past year, had left it too late to be called up because it would not have been fair to other players who had featured against Pakistan and Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup. As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage.

Du Plessis added: "He will be disappointed he got out, but he has been hitting the ball really well in the nets so we just are hoping it's around the corner for him". He said he told de Villiers that he would check with the selectors the next morning and later, he came to realise that it was indeed too late for AB de Villiers to make a comeback.

Faf du Plessis said that he received a call from AB de Villiers, requesting his global comeback during the IPL 2019 but by then the selectors had already made up their mind and finalised the full squad for the World Cup 2019.

"So like most of our batters, it's a case of getting in and getting the starts converted into runs".

Defeat to the West Indies would have left South Africa effectively unable to qualify for the semi-finals but their point gained by default thanks to unrelenting rain now hands coach Ottis Gibson's men a slender chance of progression.

As for the bowling unit, which is already hampered by the loss of Dale Steyn due to injury, du Plessis, provided some good news about the recovering Lungi Ngidi. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

"We haven't played our best cricket so far and we need a solid performance to get the team's confidence up". We're hoping Russell pulls up before the next game. However, the available evidence suggested that South Africa actually dodged a bullet - especially after their designated mainstay, Hashim Amla, had been blasted from the crease in Sheldon Cottrell's second over, to take his tournament tally to 25 runs in three visits. "I guess we were hoping we would get a full day today, but nothing we can do about this so we have to move on and play well in the future matches".

"'Dre will be fit enough for the game on Friday".

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