Pakistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jacques Kallis urges Proteas to follow England's example, rebuild after dismal campaign

Jacques Kallis has urged the Proteas to rebuild after dismal World Cup as South Africa suffered an embarrassing 49-run defeat to Pakistan

Press Trust of India, Jun 24, 2019 13:15:01 IST

London: South Africa great Jacques Kallis has urged the Proteas to learn lessons from England's one-day international revival, following the team's miserable early exit from the World Cup. A 49-run defeat by Pakistan at Lord's on Sunday ensured that with two games in the 10-team round-robin phase still to play, there is no way South Africa can qualify for the semi-finals.

Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, did not pull any punches, labelling his side's 259-9 in response to Pakistan's 308-7 as "borderline embarrassing." But Kallis, the outstanding all-rounder of his generation, said South Africa should take heart from the way England recovered after suffering an equally woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup. Eoin Morgan's side have since risen to the top of the ODI rankings and are among the leading contenders to lift the trophy this year.

Pakistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jacques Kallis urges Proteas to follow Englands example, rebuild after dismal campaign

File photo Jacques Kallis. Reuters

"England used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket," wrote Kallis in an International Cricket Council (ICC) column.

"England now play without fear and aren't afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward." Kallis said altering their approach did not mean the Proteas had to start from scratch with a new squad.

"You don't need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago," he said. "A total clean-out is just not the way ahead. We need to be more considered and thoughtful."

"South Africa have some great young players in their 20s (Kagiso Rabada, 24, Lungi Ngidi, 23, Andile Phehlukwayo,23, and Aiden Markram, 24) and they can be the foundation for the future," Kallis added. "The first thing that needs to be looked at is the brand of cricket South Africa are playing."

"England are proof how quickly things can change in four years if you have the right approach," Kallis signed off.

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Updated Date: Jun 24, 2019 13:15:01 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 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 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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