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Apr 18, 2019, 13:22

The Proteas squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup is as follows:


Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen


Not sure it really matters who we pick . . . we'll choke anyway.



Apr 18, 2019, 13:26

What the hell is Amla and Shamsi doing in that squad?   Amla for a year now is a dead loss as a batsman and fielder and Shamsi is a club bowler at best,   

Apr 18, 2019, 13:45

Nortje, Pheh, Pretorius and Shamsi are useless. AB declines to step forward. Magnificent a bat as he is.....he will never be held in the same affection as other South African greats after this.

Apr 18, 2019, 14:03

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen

Regardless of the fact that they're chokers there is still the responsibility of picking the best side.

The choice was between Amla or Hendricks.....six of one half a dozen of another, for different reasons they are both bad choices. I would have chosen a batsman outside of the circle.

Chris Morris would have been a better choice than Foolooquayo or Dwang Pretorius. Shamsi is useless, Maharaj would have been the better option.

"Nortje, Pheh, Pretorius and Shamsi are useless. AB declines to step forward. Magnificent a bat as he is.....he will never be held in the same affection as other South African greats after this."

What makes you think CSA had approached AB? 

There is no shame on AB, the shame lies entirely with CSA and the ANC's disgusting racism.

It is the worst squad ever to represent the country at a WC.


Apr 18, 2019, 15:41

Mozart

Have you got any idea about Nortje - have you ever seen him play.   From, what happened in the Pakistani series he is a much better bowler than Steyn is at present.   

Was De Villiers approached and did he decline to play?   Where did you got that from?

 

  

Apr 18, 2019, 15:50

The following from News24:-

"What an exhausting rush! And all before a ball has been bowled ... 

The hype surrounding South Africa's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad announcement reached new heights on Thursday and at around 13:20 we eventually had our answers. 

Hashim Amla, despite question marks over his eyesight, form and mental state given the personal issues he has dealt with recently, has been backed for a third trip to a World Cup. 

It is impossible not to feel for Reeza Hendricks who did all he could to push for his inclusion.

The 29-year-old lost the race to Amla and Aiden Markram, who simply bashed the door down with some scintillating innings' for the Titans over the last six weeks. 

While Hendricks did enough to stay in the race until the very last stretch, he simply didn't score big enough runs, consistently enough, and fell just short.

We know that it was a very, very close call, but in the end, sanity has surely prevailed. 

Amla might not be in his best touch currently, but having him on that plane provides an immediate sense of relief and a reassurance that the Proteas have proven pedigree in their top order. 

He is one of the best batsmen South Africa has ever produced in white ball cricket and his numbers - he has 7 910 runs at an average of 49.74 in 174 ODIs - back that up. 

Perhaps more importantly, Amla averages over 60 in ODI cricket in England. 

In the hours before the squad announcement, the thought of a World Cup travelling party without Amla became increasingly daunting.

There are just certain players that you back, regardless of form, and Amla is rightly considered one of them. 

He enters the World Cup a sleeping giant. 

Once the dust has settled on the naming of the squad, attention will quickly shift towards who should open the batting alongside Quinton de Kock in the tournament opener against England at The Oval on May 30. 

Markram will be in the running for that responsibility, but now that Amla has booked his ticket it is difficult to see anyone else doing the job. 

Amla has scored just 61 runs in his five CSA T20 Challenge innings since returning from a month off to attend to his critically ill father, but the selectors obviously believe that he is still seeing the ball well enough. 

There can, after all, be no room for picking a player on sentiment when the business is as serious as a World Cup. If captain Faf du Plessis, coach Ottis Gibson and the selectors thought for a second that Amla was done, then he would not be going to England. 

Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince, Du Plessis, Gibson ... all have said that Amla has been looking just fine in the nets of late, even if he has not been producing in the middle with the consistency we have become accustomed to. 

Perhaps, now that the conversation is over, Amla can play with more freedom for the remainder of the CSA T20 Challenge and, hopefully, start scoring some runs. 

I think South Africa will start their campaign with Amla at the top of the order, but if it doesn't go well for him, then Markram is a more than capable replacement. 

Because of all he has achieved, Amla has so much more to offer than batting alone. 

He is a leader, a calming influence and a man who is respected by all of those around him, both young and old. 

If you think Amla has reached the end of the road, then you're entitled to that opinion. You may even be right, and time will tell if you are. 

The true greats, however, find a way to perform when it matters most, and it will never matter more than it does at a World Cup. 

Anybody playing against Amla will know what he is capable of, and his will always be one of the biggest South African wickets for opposition attacks, regardless of form.

Write him off at your own peril ... 

South Africa's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen"

I think the selection of Amla and Shamsi are extreme jokes..    Amla would fail in the first match he plays in and for the rest will sit around doing zip.   He has really over the last year became a liability for any team he plays in and the hype in the article is sickening.

Shamsi is the other bad choice.    The two worst choices in the squad are Amla and Shamsi.    



Apr 18, 2019, 16:45

Denny I'm assuming if AB really wanted to be part of the set up he simply had to declare his availability. Perhaps I'm naive, but that would have created serious pressure.

AB for serial choker Miller would have been my call.

Apr 18, 2019, 17:38

Mozart

Not wise to assume anything without any proof.   We all would like to see AB in the squad ahead of Amla - not Miller.   

Apr 18, 2019, 21:54

I guess (hope) AB laughed at whoever approached him to be part of the squad. He was once forced to play in a team that was not selected on merit. Why should he do that a 2nd time?

Apr 18, 2019, 23:22

Do we know for a fact that AB had been approached by CSA or are we guessing?

The fools that are CSA suffer doing the obvious in which case you're guessing.

May 02, 2019, 13:57

That is the squad I would have selected except for Pretorious he is useless.

As much as I don’t rate Morris he has more in him than average Pretorious.

Unfortunately Mulder failed to grasp his opportunities to impress as I’m guessing based on talent and prospect he should have been the choice.

I’d have taken either ahead of Pretorious

May 02, 2019, 14:45

yup, he won't get you a wicket. 

May 02, 2019, 22:04

And I’m yet to see him do anything of note with the bat

 
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