Monday, 24 June, 2019

Faf du Plessis: South Africa's spirit remains undampened despite West Indies washout

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Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2019, 08:15

Aiden Markram fenced a short ball to the keeper to give Cottrell his second breakthrough, and the difficulty of knowing how to pace the rest of their innings was bound to have played on South Africa's minds, given that they were nominally expected to see out a full 50 overs, but were nearly certainly going to find themselves defending their target in considerably less.

The "no result" has given them a first point of the competition from four matches, but they likely needed double that in order to compete for the knockout phase.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has revealed that the last minute offer made by AB de Villiers to return to the national side for the ongoing World Cup was too late to consider. They needed to win all their six matches and were in a spot of bother against West Indies.

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

According to the rules of the one-day game, each team must face a minimum of 120 deliveries of the allocated 300 for the game to be counted. "But hopefully it can give the team some more direction and goal", Du Plessis said in Southampton. "We batted seven overs, they are not expecting a shortened game, so the pace that you go at, and losing two wickets, [changes things]". [Shortage] favours the team that bats second.

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"In my mind, when I was looking at 30 or 35 overs, I was still feeling like if you get a score of 200, there was enough in that wicket with our bowling attack, especially playing Beuran today as well, an extra seamer", he added.

"The way that we are playing cricket, we are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play", he pointed out. Take the learning out of it and make amends.

West Indies have won the toss and chosen to bowl first against South Africa.

The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage.

"In that situation the blame game can start but I do honesty believe we´ve been very far away from that". "If you get that going, then other players can feed off their confidence". It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

"We would have probably been happy with that (three points from three games) at the start of the tournament". "But it's obviously really out of our control".