South Africa Must Take In-Form Batsmen to the World Cup – AB De Villiers
Former South Africa cricketer AB De Villiers has advised the Proteas management to take in-form batsmen to the ICC World Cup in England next year. Furthermore, de Villiers also that the team is in the right track regarding their preparations ahead of the World Cup.
“I’m pretty positive,” De Villiers starts. “They’re still chopping and changing in the batting department, but you look around at the guys who are there, and they are all match-winners. The bowling unit seems to be in order to do really special things at the World Cup next year,” he added.
Meanwhile, AB De Villiers’ international retirement earlier this year threw the Proteas’ World Cup plans into some turmoil – with many feeling they still haven’t properly filled the hole he left. However, he has backed Reeza Hendricks for the No. 3 spot.
“He’s got good experience at domestic level, and he needs more experience at the highest level. When I’ve watched him play, he looks like he’s got time – he looks at home, so have a run with him,” he added.
The most important element for all the batsmen, even trumping experience, said AB De Villiers, was form.
“I’d love to have experienced guys there, but they must be in form. I won’t say we got it wrong in the past, but I’d like to take in-form players to the World Cup who are confident with their games and will win you matches,” he continues.
The composition of the batting unit, especially the top six, is largely known, although the Proteas will be without two of their leading players for the trip to Australia – Hashim Amla and JP Duminy because of injury.
South Africa will play three ODIs and one T20Is against Australia starting from November 4 (Sunday).
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