The Proteas head into the World Cup quietly confident of being a competitive force at the tournament.
When chief selector Linda Zondi unveiled the squad there was a feeling among team management that a good balance had been struck in the 15-man group.
“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,” commented Zondi.
“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. 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.
“We feel that Faf’s team is well equipped to handle whatever conditions are presented to them, bearing in mind the weather extremes one can encounter in the British Isles.
“We have also been highly encouraged by the form shown by those of our players who are currently in action in the Indian Premier League and there is no doubt that there is a great sense of anticipation and determination among our players.
“As is well known you need a good squad of 15 players to come out on top with the demanding fixtures list ahead of us rather than just a first XI and I have been particularly encouraged by the depth of talent that has revealed itself to us during the selection process.
Anrich Nortje was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury and was replaced by Chris Morris, ensuring the Proteas head into the tournament with three seam-bowling allrounders to go with three specialist quicks.
Proteas World Cup squad
Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius,
Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris.
Proteas World Cup fixtures
30 May v England, The Oval
2 June v Bangladesh, The Oval
5 June v India, Rose Bowl
10 June v West Indies, Rose Bowl
15 June v Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens
19 June v New Zealand, Edgbaston
23 June v Pakistan, Lord’s
28 June v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street
6 July v Australia, Old Trafford