Dwaine Pretorius, South Africa all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: In Pretorius, Proteas have solid set of skills to lean on

With Pretorius, what you get is more than what you see.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 18:20:16 IST

Nineteen ODIs and four T20s into his career for South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius has a half-century in each format and an economy rate of less than a run a ball in more than half of his bowling performances.

File picture of Dwaine Pretorius. Reuters

File picture of Dwaine Pretorius. Reuters

He will go to the 2019 World Cup as a player in the wings rather than at centre stage as a frontline star, but South Africa know he has a solid set of skills to lean on.

Two knee injuries ended his pretensions to bowling properly fast. So he turned down the heat, turned up the precision and concentrated on becoming a better batsman. And that’s earned him a crack at glory on the world stage — what would South Africa have done with another out and out quick when they have so many already?

There’s an unfussy flintiness about Pretorius’ play that will keep him in captains’, coaches’ and selectors’ good books for a long time. He values his wicket but is also comfortable laying willow on leather — as he did to score 50 off 26 balls in only his second ODI innings against New Zealand in Christchurch in February 2017 and an unbeaten 77 off 42 in his maiden T20I knock against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers in March. He has yet to take more than three wickets in an innings, but only twice in his 23 white-ball games for South Africa has his economy rate ballooned to double figures.

Pretorius will go to the World Cup as the second-choice all-rounder after Andile Phehlukwayo, but there isn’t much in it.
He was, after all, summoned to Australia in November 2016 to join the Test squad after Dale Steyn broke his shoulder on the strength of his first-class form. In the first innings of one of those matches for the Lions, against the Warriors at the Wanderers, he scored 97 and took 6/81 in the first innings.

With Pretorius, what you get is more than what you see.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:21:57 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 6266 123
2 England 6084 122
3 New Zealand 4455 114
4 Australia 5247 112
5 South Africa 4902 109
6 Pakistan 4505 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254