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Washout could leave Proteas' World Cup hopes down the drain

12 June 2019

South African captain Faf du Plessis has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding AB de Villiers' wanting to come out of retirement for the World Cup, saying he had told the swashbuckler that it was too late to consider the offer.

"But the further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game it becomes, the odds are heavily in their favour".

Du Plessis insisted that the furore surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from global retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the sort of issue that draws the squad closer together. So it's disappointing because it's important for us to get some cricket in and start ticking over.

Faf du Plessis says South Africa can use the AB de Villiers row to fuel their World Cup hopes.

This was the 4th successive under-15 score for Amla who has looked woefully out of touch at the World Cup 2019.

"Hash is a class player", said du Plessis. "So as a team, we'll take the one point and move forward to the next week". "So as it got a bit later in the day, then you'd rather get the point and go".

"The way that we are playing cricket, we are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play", he pointed out. When we play them, we want to play the same brand of cricket that we are playing, what we executed in the past couple of games.

Imran Tahir then bamboozled the West Indian batting with his leg-spin while grabbing 5-45 as South Africa equalled the then biggest win by runs - 257 - a World Cup record that lasted just six days when Australia annihilated debutants Afghanistan by 275 runs in Perth.

In the end, both South Africa and West Indies shared a point each in their latest ICC Cricket World Cup match, leaving the former in a hard position.

The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

"Generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there are a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start".

"In that situation the blame game can start but I do honesty believe we´ve been very far away from that".

Washout could leave Proteas' World Cup hopes down the drain