ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa's win over Sri Lanka in warm-up match raises some team selection questions

South Africa's 87-run victory over Sri Lanka in their first ICC Men's Cricket World Cup warm-up match on Friday must have boosted their confidence before heading into the premier tournament.

Asian News International, May 25, 2019 15:19:13 IST

Dubai: South Africa's 87-run victory over Sri Lanka in their first ICC Men's Cricket World Cup warm-up match on Friday must have boosted their confidence before heading into the premier tournament. But the victory has also raised some selection questions for the winning side.

Friday's match saw Andile Phehlukwayo scoring 35 runs while Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius played a knock of unbeaten 26 and 25 runs, respectively. In the bowling department too Phehlukwayo shined as he took four wickets whereas Pretorius took one wicket.

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs in the World Cup warm-up match. Reuters

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs in the World Cup warm-up match. Reuters

But despite them putting up a convincing performance, skipper Faf du Plessis said that they all cannot feature at the same time. Hence, the Proteas will have to make some tough calls ahead of the quadrennial tournament.

"There is definitely not space for three of them. Depending on fitness, Dale Steyn is progressing.

"So, if he doesn't progress the way that he wants to then two all-rounders come into the equation. If our fast bowlers are all fit, we love that diversity in our attack," ICC quoted Du Plessis as saying.

However, Phehlukwayo said that they have good depth in the squad and whoever will feature in the all-rounder position will get the job done for their team.

"I think there is quite good competition and good depth within the squad," Phehlukwayo said.

"Personally, I am not looking in terms of those competitions. I just want to contribute for the team, whoever is playing in that all-rounder position is obviously the person in form and hopefully they can do the job for the team. Aside from that I don't think personally I have any agenda in terms of the all-rounder," he said.

"We have a very diverse squad so I think on the day we can play any combinations and that team that is fit to play will do everything to perform and to win the game for South Africa. So, at the moment I am really not sure, but I know that the diversity and the depth that we have in our squad is really good so whoever is fit to play will do the job for the team," he added.

Phehlukwayo also opined that the team who bowls well will win the tournament.

"I think it is going to be a high scoring tournament. I think the team that bowls really well in this tournament will win the tournament," he said.

After registering a victory over Sri Lanka, South Africa will now face West Indies for their second warm-up game on 26 May before heading to the World Cup where they will face England in the opening match of the World Cup on 30 May.

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Updated Date: May 25, 2019 15:19:13 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

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