Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

It was too late: Faf on de Villiers' WC proposal

It was too late: Faf on de Villiers' WC proposal

It's going to be crunch time and they will need an improvement on the weather that wrecked their clash with the West Indies. The top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals.

South Africa skipper Faf duPlessis on Monday revealed that former Proteas captainAB de Villiers had given him a call the night before the World Cup squad selection to tell him that he is willing to come out of retirement to help the team in the upcoming tournament.

"The team was happy to get on with business". It's like Test cricket.

Though, du Plessis' words might get true if they don't make a comeback in the game. [Shortage] favours the team that bats second.

"When you're out in the middle and get to 30 or 40, then you think you're in". But questions over whether both his eyes and form have deserted him began to resurface when he was late on a hook shot against Jofra Archer and was forced to retire hurt before coming back and scoring just 13 against England.

The South Africans were hoping to turn around their campaign after losses to England, Bangladesh and India to open the tournament but did not get the positive start they needed, with veteran Amla continuing to struggle. "We've got to beat Afghanistan", he said.

South Africa may leave Rassie Van der Dussen who has groin injury as if he does not put on Aiden Markram most expected will easily reach the eleven.

South Africa were 29 for 2 when rain lashed the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and continued for nearly five hours and more resulting in the game eventually getting washed out.

First to fall was veteran Hashim Amla (6), whose poor run with the bat continued as he attempted a square cut off a wide delivery, only to edge a simple catch to Chris Gayle at 1st slip. The West Indies nearly had a third wicket too but Quinton de Kock survived a big appeal on Kemar Roach's first delivery as DRS was called into play. We just can't single out one part of the game. The match will be held at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.

"It's unfortunate in that you can't do anything about the weather situation". It's just a matter for our bowlers to hit the straps and continue doing what we're doing.

'And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that. "We are hoping he pulls up alright". Earlier, the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on June 7 in Bristol was also not completed due to rain.

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