20.6.2019 07:22 pm
Coach Ottis Gibson admits that his charges have strangely gone into their shells at the showpiece tournament.
A Proteas team housing enough world-class talent to make an impact at the World Cup failed to produce their best when it really mattered, because they were “hampered”, coach Ottis Gibson said after their defeat to New Zealand in Birmingham.
The lanky quick has recovered from the hamstring injury that plagued him at the start of the tournament.
Look at his spell against Afghanistan for pointers…
The World Cup rookies self-destructed against the Proteas’ wily spinner in a comfortable victory.
But the Proteas skipper admits they could’ve batted a bit quicker in chasing down a small Afghanistan target.
Yet despite the emphatic result on paper, Faf du Plessis and his troops will know this was only Afghanistan.
Captain Du Plessis admitted South Africa must win their five remaining games to have any prospect of making the semifinals.
Skipper Faf du Plessis assures all he and his men now know exactly what they need to do to revive their World Cup campaign.
Mike Atherton, former England captain and hugely respected commentator, also understands why the selectors didn’t grant AB de Villiers his wish.
The experienced middle-order stalwart would’ve been the man dropped had De Villiers been picked for the World Cup.
Lance Klusener is adamant the South Africans now need to rid themselves of ‘insecurities’ if they want to salvage their World Cup campaign.
Batting coach Dale Benkenstein blames history and conditions, but inconsistent selection policy certainly hasn’t helped.
Batting guru Dale Benkenstein and skipper Faf du Plessis are convinced the struggling veteran will end the World Cup with a flurry of runs.