30.7.2019 02:54 pm
Yet it’s not as if the Proteas’ start to the new tournament is a particularly easy one.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis is relishing the prospect of competing in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship which is poised to get underway on Thursday.
But this thrilling game had the added bonus of being the Proteas’ first World Cup win over the old enemy since 1992.
Faf du Plessis and his troops finally deliver a complete performance and give semifinalists Australia some food for thought.
But the national skipper admits he’ll have some thinking to do about his future after the World Cup.
Given how the Proteas’ World Cup campaign has gone, that might be an unpopular view.
Veteran Imran Tahir has a simple theory, but it’s arguably the best one.
The Proteas’ canny spinner will bow out of ODI cricket against the Aussies this weekend.
The Aussie batsman seems to suggests that Faf du Plessis and co need to be bracketed with lowly teams like Afghanistan.
They are similar bowlers but Andile Phehlukwayo says he is in awe of the remarkable control Dwaine Pretorius brings to the attack following his man of the match bowling performance against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
The next week will feel like forever for Faf and the men before they get on the plane home.
After being dropped from the World Cup side, his return against Sri Lanka was a match-winning one.
The bearded stalwart seems reluctant to imagine playing in the next World Cup though.
The captain praised his bowlers for closing down the Sri Lankan innings, which went from 67 for one in the 10th over to 203 all out 40 overs later.
While it was pleasing to see the Proteas finally meet expectations, it does not ease the pain of what has gone before.
Man of the Match Dwaine Pretorius finished with the outstanding figures of 3/25 from 10. This included a remarkable 46 dot balls.