Our Proteas are off to the Cricket World Cup in just a few week’s time, with the aim of bringing the elusive Cricket World Cup trophy home! Cricket South Africa announced an exciting squad that they have given the task of making SA proud today.
Faf Du Plessis will lead a strong Proteas squad that contains a great mix of players with both proven World Cup experience and a new generation of exciting talent at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales starting at the end of May. Five of the players will be playing in their 3rd World Cup – Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn. Quinton de Kock and David Miller will both be going to the World Cup for the second time.
“We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup,” said CSA National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi. “The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest. The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us. We feel that Faf’s team is well equipped to handle whatever conditions are presented to them, bearing in mind the weather extremes one can encounter in the British Isles. We have also been highly encouraged by the form shown by those of our players who are currently in action in the Indian Premier League and there is no doubt that there is a great sense of anticipation and determination among our players. As is well known you need a good squad of 15 players to come out on top with the demanding fixtures list ahead of us rather than just a first XI and I have been particularly encouraged by the depth of talent that has revealed itself to us during the selection process. I am also very happy to announce that two of our fast bowlers currently on the injured list, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, are well on the way to recovery and we expect them to be ready for our pre-tournament camp next month,” concluded Mr. Zondi.
CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe commented: “Congratulations to the National Selection Panel on the work they have done to put a squad together that I am sure will meet with approval from all quarters and will represent us well, and to the players on their well-deserved selection.”
CSA President Chris Nenzani commented: “On behalf of the CSA Family and indeed of the entire nation I wish our Proteas everything of the best for the World Cup. I am sure you will all make us proud.”
“Like South Africa, the team’s diversity is its strength, when South Africans work together we have an advantage over the rest of the world. The Proteas are one of the most diverse cricket teams in the world and their record over the past few years proves just how their diversity has been their strength.”
Stand with the Proteas as one as they sing the national anthem before every world cup game, hit every ball for a 6, take every catch, bowl every ball. Support our Proteas.
The Proteas World Cup squad are:
Faf du Plessis (Captain)
Quinton de Kock
Rassie van der Dussen