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We are just a few hours away from the start of the 2019 World Cup and it will be hosts England taking on South Africa in the opening clash of the showpiece event. With the opening match of the tournament slated to begin from 3 pm, IST let us have a look at the Predicted XI of South Africa
He will definitely be one of the most important players for South Africa if they harbour hopes of lifting their maiden World Cup title. He is a stylish batsman and made his intentions clear in seaming conditions during the warm-up clashes. Along with Quinton de Kock, he will look to get the Proteas off to a good start tomorrow.
Quinton de Kock
The southpaw is one of the finest strikers of the ball in the South African team. He can smash the ball a long way and also has the ability to play the waiting game to perfection. Barring his batting skills, he is a fantastic wicket-keeper and will play a crucial role in the opening clash of World Cup 2019.
Rassie Van der Hussen
The youngster has been in sensational form in ODI cricket and has made a huge mark for himself and South Africa in the limited opportunities he has got for the team. In all likelihood, he is expected to play a crucial role at No 3 for South Africa at No 3 tomorrow.
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Faf du Plessis (captain)
The skipper of the South African team, Faf du Plessis is undoubtedly one of the important cogs for them in the tournament. He is a sensational batsman and has played several match-winning knocks for his nation. Du Plessis is also a sensational skipper who has taken some great decisions for South Africa over the years.
The southpaw was on the verge of retirement but made a stunning comeback for the showpiece event. He is a proven material for South Africa but off late he hasn’t been part of the team. However given his experience, he has been added to the squad and is expected to be part of the playing XI tomorrow.
The southpaw will play the role of a finisher for the Proteas. He hasn’t been in the greatest of touches during the IPL but he is a class act. Miller can hit the ball a long way and can make any bowling line-up look clueless on his day. He will look to come out all guns blazing tomorrow.
Many experts have picked Phehlukwayo as the potential X factor for the Proteas in the tournament. He is more than efficient batter lower down the order and can hit the big shots on a consistent basis. Phehlukwayo is a wonderful bowler as well and has done a good job for South Africa in his brief career so far.
The speedster has been in sensational form with the ball and was on the verge of bagging the purple ap before his teammate Imran Tahir bagged the award in the end. He is a fantastic young bowler and can make any batting line-up look bamboozled. More than his skills, he is a hard-working lad who loves challenges. Rabada in all likelihood will be the bowler to watch out for in the tournament.
He is another important fast bowler for South Africa and will look to partner Rabada well especially in the absence of experienced customer Dale Steyn. He can swing the ball both ways and if conditions favour his style of bowling, Ngidi might well make a difference for South Africa.
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The leggie has been a match winner for South Africa over the years especially in limited overs cricket. He bagged the Purple Cap Award as he finished as the leading wicket-taker for Chennai Super Kings. Even at the age of 40, he has the zeal to be successful at the highest level.
The left-arm chinaman bowler will be a different sort of a commodity for South Africa in the World Cup. He is expected to be part of the South African Playing XI tomorrow. He might be a wicket-taker for the Proteas as the tournament progress.