South Africa have announced the final 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The all-important 50-overs mega event will be kicking off with the opening game between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 in London. There have been many noticeable inclusions and omissions made the South African selectors in order to stake claims on their first World Cup title.
"The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us," said Linda Zondi, the CSA National Selection Panel Convener.
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The Proteas selectors have covered all the important bases while naming the perfect squad for the upcoming quadrennial event. The selectors have shown faith in the experienced campaigner, Hashim Amla, who has been out of contention for quite a while due to some personal reasons. Amla will be accompanied by the likes of Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram at the top of the order.
In the middle-order department, skipper Faf du Plessis will head the order along with the likes of Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy and David Miller. The trio comprising of JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius are the three all-rounders in the Proteas World Cup team.
Young fast bowler who recently made his international debut, Anrich Nortje has been picked in the World Cup squad despite being injured currently. Same is in the case of Lungi Ngidi, who also has been included despite struggling with injury. In the bowling department, Dale Steyn will partner with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje as the pace contingent. The duo comprising of Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi will take care of the spin bowling duties.
"We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup. The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest,” Zondi added.
South Africa’s 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup
Faf du Plessis (c), 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.