West Indies vs South Africa World Cup Match Washed Out

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has pledged his support behind veteran opening batsman Hashim Amla to find form at the World Cup.

"The further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favour".

Du Plessis insisted that the furore surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from worldwide retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the sort of issue that draws the squad closer together. "If we do that, and the results start happening one by one, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages".

The match is being played at Southampton.

South Africa have also made two changes to their playing XI that featured against India - Aiden Markram and Beuran Hendricks come in for JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi. That is a strong sign of us as a team, as a culture, and that is one aspect of performance. "But hopefully it can give the team some more direction and goal", Du Plessis said in Southampton. "So as it got a bit later in the day, then you'd rather get the point and go".

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"It was a good opportunity to play against them, like any other team in the competition", Reifer said. When we play them, we want to play the same brand of cricket that we are playing, what we executed in the past couple of games. The Jason Holder-led Carribean side kicked-off their campaign on a convincing note with an impressive seven wicket win over Pakistan before suffering a narrow 15 loss to Australia.

Defeat to the West Indies would have left South Africa effectively unable to qualify for the semi-finals but their point gained by default thanks to unrelenting rain now hands coach Ottis Gibson's men a slender chance of progression. However, du Plessis insisted it was too soon to start weighing up permutations in the fight for the top four, or to start wishing for certain teams to trip up to make their own requirement more manageable.

"We would have probably been happy with that (three points from three games) at the start of the tournament". "Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can't control the weather", Du Plessis said.

"And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that". It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

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