Benkenstein warns Proteas to adapt to World Cup pressure

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

"We've got to beat Afghanistan", Du Plessis said. "So, as it got a bit later in the day, then you would rather get the point and go", du Plessis said after the match was abandoned.

"I think it's pretty obvious that when you play a team like the West Indies you want to play a full 100-over game - just the make-up of their side". If South Africa lose one of their remaining five fixtures they will nearly certainly be eliminated from the World Cup. Unfortunately with South Africa on 29/2 after 7.3 overs batting first, rain stopped play and the players never returned to the field. Tie a match For the first time in England, both teams were face-to-face in 2004.

Faf Du Plessis hopes the controversy over AB De Villiers' attempt to come out of retirement for the World Cup can fuel his side's bid to rescue their spluttering campaign. He conceded that he did receive a call from de Villiers, who is also his very close friend, but had to turn down the offer since it was too late for any adjustments.

And back home the rumbles of discontent continued to grow following the revelation that De Villiers' approach to return to the team prior to the tournament was halted by selectors.

The revelation had a significant effect over de Villiers' fans, and it was deemed to affect the team.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis informed Star Sports that Lungi Ngidi was recovering well from his injury. At present, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri can pick one from either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar for the New Zealand match on Thursday. "We batted seven overs, they are not expecting a shortened game, so the pace that you go at, and losing two wickets, [changes things]".

"Hash is a class player", said du Plessis.

He said, "There was just a discussion on clarity and on making sure everyone knows what's going on and then it was moving on. But it is stuff like that generally you feel like it can make you, give you direction in your team and give you goal to focus on what lies ahead".

"The squad was already picked".

"I had two weeks of one-on-ones with Hash and I think it made a big difference, we were able to just chat and clear his head". According to the skipper, South Africa need to have individuals step up and boost the team's confidence. "We haven't played our best cricket so far and we need a solid performance to get the team's confidence up".

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