Selection of South Africa for the World Cup: Amla, Markaram In; Hendricks, Morris Fall Out
South Africa maintained the faith in Hashim Amla and opted for Aiden Markram, as both were part of the Cricket World Cup team. The batting partner Markram was apparently out of the account for the team one day until an outstanding domestic streak led to a public outcry to include the first 24-year game.
This year will probably be the last chance for veterans Amla, Faf Du Plessis, who captain the team, and Dale Steyn to win the World Cup. JP Duminy and Imran Tahir have already said that they will retire from Odis after the tournament. Those five will be playing in their third World Cup. The most notable absentees are hitter Reeza Hendricks and Allrounder Chris Morris.
Instead of the young Hendricks, a regular from last season, South Africa stayed with Amla, who played an Odi for the last time in late January. It still averages about 50 in a day. Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius received the Allrounder slot machines ahead of Morris.
Fast bowler Anrich Nortje made the cut with only four experience Odis and after making his debut last month. Nortje will be part of a strong rhythm attack that also includes Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Quinton de Kock is the only Wicketkeeper specialist and the team will rely on David Miller to intervene behind the stumps if De Kock loses playing time.
South Africa plays host and top-ranked Odi team England in the World Cup’s opening game on May 30.
Faf du Plessis (captain), JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi.