Just like any other ICC event, South Africa is entering the ICC World Cup 2019 as one of the front-runners as they have one of the most balanced teams with the right mix of youth and experience. Though the absence of AB de Villiers will be felt every now and then, they have enough resources to fill the void.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 18, 2019
The most surprising thing, however, is the absence of Chris Morris from the squad as the all-rounder has done well in the limited chances he has got and is in great form with both bat and ball.
2019 World Cup South Africa Team
Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
Who all will be in the South African World Cup XI?
Openers: Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is in fine form of late and in a very short span of time, he has gone on to become of the best in the business. He is set to open the innings with his opening partner being one out of Hashim Amla or Aiden Markram. Amla has been a proven match-winner for SA in the past and is set to get the nod over Markram, thanks to his reputation.
Middle-order: In Faf du Plessis, SA has one of the most reliable batsmen at that position. The skipper has been in fine touch and has been scoring runs consistently. Number 4 will be a toss-up between Markram, who has forced his way into the team with some notable performances in the recent domestic series, and Rassie Van der Dussen, who has done well for SA in the recent past. One of these two will be picked based on the team combination. David Miller completes the middle-order for South Africa.
All-rounder: With his part-time off-spin, JP Duminy adds a lot of balance to the team, alongside all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, who has most of his bases covered for the role.
Spinner: Imran Tahir is in fine form in the ongoing IPL and will be leading the spin attack for SA over Tabraiz Shamsi.
Pacers: Two out of the four spinners, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi pick themselves in the squad, with the third pacer’s role being a toss-up between Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje with Steyn likely to lead the attack.
2019 World Cup South Africa Player’s Probable Last 11
- Hashim Amla
- Quinton de Kock
- Faf du Plessis
- Rassie van der Dussen
- David Miller
- JP Duminy
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Kagiso Rabada
- Anrich Nortje
- Lungi Ngidi
- Imran Tahir