Washout could leave South Africa World Cup hopes down the drain

Mae Harvey
June 14, 2019

"We are going to field first, obviously it is overcast and there is some rain around", said Holder, whose side beat Pakistan in their opening match before losing to Australia when they were well-placed to win.

AB de Villiers' unexpected worldwide retirement came as a deep shock to many and what came as another shock was when he reversed his decision to play for his national team again.

West Indies were in the driving seat as South Africa slipped to 29-2, with Sheldon Cottrell taking both wickets. "So it's disappointing the fact we didn't get a game".

"We have played two of the strongest teams (England and India)", he said.

"When you're out in the middle and get to 30 or 40, then you think you're in". Nonetheless, the Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis feels that AB de Villiers revelation could possibly bring the squad closer. "Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can't control the weather". Time in the nets, team selection and everything else needs to reflect a clear strategy as to how they want to play. We've batted well but not for long enough, we've had the opportunities for hundreds and hundred partnerships but not taken them.

The South African cricket team is facing a lot of uncomfortable questions ever since the controversy involving the name of AB de Villiers has come to the fore.

But the point gained by default thanks to unrelenting rain now hands coach Ottis Gibson's men a slim chance of reaching the last four, with their final five games against Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. 'I think they are all feeling really good and we have to believe that a big score is around the corner'. "We need to start playing better Cricket, more consistent, more solid Cricket".

"It's unfortunate in that you can't do anything about the weather situation".

"We are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play (or) when we play them", he said. He is hoping to have the joint contribution by players and give Kiwis their first defeat in the impending match of the World Cup 2019.

"A couple of bad results and cracks can start to appear but that honestly hasn't happened to us". "Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance".

"We were looking forward to the game, especially the start that we had in the game", Reifer said afterwards.

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