Cricket South Africa (CSA) has denied reports that the selection of pacer Vernon Philander ahead of fast bowler Kyle Abbott for their team's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand was racially motivated.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers doubts he will need to say too much to motivate his team mates for their cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as he feels they are already in a `good space`.
They might be one of the best teams in world cricket across all formats, but as South Africa take on Sri Lanka in the first quarter-final of ICC World Cup 2015, there are a few major concerns for the AB de Villiers-led side.
South Africa`s Hashim Amla is convinced his struggling opening partner Quinton de Kock will be soon be back among the runs as the Proteas look to bury their reputation as World Cup "chokers" in the knockout stages.
With the South African team keen to shrug-off the chokers tag, star batsman Hashim Amla has said the experienced campaigners in the squad will need to step up their performance when they take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
It may not be a great day for African teams at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but Saturday witnessed four batsmen from the continent occupying the top four spots in run-getters chart. The individual achievement, albeit temporarily, will not serve the team cause, but it nonetheless serve as consolations to great teams – South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Having beaten two minnow teams after a disastrous start in the tournament, an unpredictable but dangerous Pakistan take on formidable South Africa in their crucial cricket World Cup match here on Saturday, knowing fully well that a loss could put them on the brink.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries, while Dale Steyn shone in his 100th one-day international, as South Africa showcased their prowess with a 201-run rout of Ireland in the World Cup on Tuesday.