ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says he is unsure about Lungi Ngidi's availability against Afghanistan

Ngidi limped off the field with a hamstring injury as South Africa lost to Bangladesh on June 2 and missed the subsequent defeat to India and the rained-out clash with the West Indies as doctors ruled him out for 10 days

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 14, 2019 23:35:53 IST

South Africa are unsure whether to take a gamble on injured fast bowler Lungi Ngidi when they take on Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday as they look for their first World Cup win after a horrible start to the tournament, captain Faf du Plessis said on Friday.

The 23-year-old Ngidi limped off the field with a hamstring injury as South Africa lost to Bangladesh on 2 June and missed the subsequent defeat to India and the rained-out clash with the West Indies as doctors ruled him out for 10 days.

File photo of South African pacer Lungi Ngidi. AFP

File photo of South African pacer Lungi Ngidi. AFP

“He’s got to do some work today and possibly tomorrow as well to make sure that he’s 100 percent,” Du Plessis told a pre-match news conference.

“It’s a tricky one, because we’re in a position now where we need to win five games out of five. So you want to have your best guys available for selection.”

But Du Plessis said he and coach Ottis Gibson had still to decide as South Africa sit with one point from the first four games.

“Probably the right call to make would be to say that if he’s not ready, you just give him a little bit more time to see if he can play the next four games, which is going to be big.”

After Afghanistan, South Africa play New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia before the group stage ends on July 6.

Ngidi’s injury came on top of the withdrawal from the tournament of fellow speedster Dale Steyn, in two major blows to South Africa’s hopes.

“We have to make sure that we try and put all of our energy and focus into the now and what’s coming up next. I truly believe if we stay, if we carry those ghosts of the last week with us, then it’s going to be tough to get out of the hole,” Du Plessis said.

“If you’re looking back, then we’re just going to almost like float through this tournament, win maybe one, maybe two, three games, but we’re not going to achieve what we want.

“The fact there’s been a bit of rain has given me clarity on the discussions we need to have on the team, and I feel that’s been really good off the field,” he said.

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Updated Date: Jun 14, 2019 23:35:53 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
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 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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