Ahead of the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, South African captain Faf du Plessis has hinted their playing XI structure for the initial period of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
A total of top ten teams are ready to participate in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. England and Wales will host this 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July.
The four-time semi-finalists South Africa are desperate to finish their frustrating wait to win the Cricket World Cup. South Africa will begin their journey in the upcoming Cricket World Cup on the opening day (30th May). The host side England will face South Africa in the opening match of the tournament at The Oval (London).
Recently, South African captain Faf du Plessis has given a massive hint about their playing XI for the opening match of the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The Proteas side is likely to go with six specialist batsmen, one all-rounder, three pacers and one spinner.
The in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will open with either Hashim Amla or Aiden Markram. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen are ready to bat at no.3 or no.4. David Miller can bat at the fifth position, while JP Duminy will take the responsibility of no.6 batting position.
Faf recently said, “I played against Pakistan at number three and myself and Rassie are both equipped to do three and four.
“You will have openers‚ me or Rassie at three or four‚ perhaps have David at five and JP at six and that is how we will be structured.”
Flexibility is a hugely important thing to have as a batting unit – Faf du Plessis
Talking about the batting unit, Faf has also spoken about the flexibilities. He feels that flexibility is an important part of their batting strategy.
He added, “Flexibility is a hugely important thing to have as a batting unit and I think you can see that because JP has batted at four and five at times.
“David has batted at four‚ five and six‚ so we have that flexibility. And don’t forget that everyone thought that Aiden was just an opener but he has batted at four or five.”
David Miller is currently struggling to maintain his form. Faf believes that Miller needs to spend some times in the crease. He feels that it will help Miller to perform better in the crucial late period of the innings.
Faf said, “I know with David he is someone who needs a bit of time because he is at his best when he has had time to knock the ball around and explode towards the end.”
Faf also claimed that the all-rounder would come to bat at number seven. Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris are likely to fight for this spot.
Ahead of their Cricket World Cup journey, South Africa will play two warm-up matches. Their first warm-up match will be against Sri Lanka on 24th May at Cardiff. Windies will be their second opponent in the pre-World Cup game (26th May at Bristol).