South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy does not believe a whitewash of the West Indies in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series will have much resonance for the team when the ICC World Cup bowls off next month.
AB de Villiers celebrated his record breaking 31-ball ton at home with a home-cooked meal. The 30-year-old thanked fans for their support as he took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his joy after the whirlwind knock.
AB de Villiers may not be considered one of the genuine power-hitters of the game, but his record-breaking innings in Sunday’s second one-day international against West Indies at The Wanderers showed he is arguably the most skilled.
The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. Here are the form and prospects updates of the competing teams:
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has rejected claims that all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were axed from the World Cup squad because of their roles in the controversial abandoned tour of India.
Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine, who was reported twice for suspect bowling action during the Champions League T20 in India last year, was on Sunday named in West Indies' 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning next month, but former captain Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out.
Chris Gayle believes success in the limited overs series against South Africa in the coming weeks will stand the West Indies in good stead for the ICC cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting in February.