Based on performance the squad of 15 players is likely to be the following:-
Rabada, Ngidi, Steyn, Nortje, Olicier, Maharaj
De Kock, Makwetu
Markram, Du Plessis, Miller, Hamza, Hendricks, Klaasen, Van der Dussen
I deliberate left out Amla - his recent strike rate in shortened version of the game was poor the last year and he is unlikely to succeed in the WC. The problem is that it would not meet the quota requirements - but Bavuma is not a shortened version batsman, but he is likely to be ahead of van der Dussen from that perspective.
Insofar as the bowlers are concerned the following:-
It is obviously that the situation against Pakistan is as follows:-
Steyn - 10
Philander - 5
Rabada - 14
Olivier - 21
From the WC perspective there is another bowler - which Steyn stated that he regards as his successor as a fast bowler and that is Anrich Nortje. Kallis caused him to be contracted by Kolkatta for the IPL - he was a member of the Kolkatta Committee at the player auction, Most members probably never saw him bowling before, because he had an injury - which kept him out of cricket for a year and he then decided to play only club cricket while he completed his B-Com and Honours degree, before starting to play professional cricket again at 23 years of age. He regularly bowl at a pace of 150+. Ever heard of him? He got injured in the Mzanzi comp and is out till February, Is likely to get into the WC squad as well depending on his performance at the IPL
Steyn said we have the best bowlers in world cricket at this stage - and he includes Philander, whom at present is a medium pacer bowling at 130 or below, but very accurate. Looking only at fast bowlers we have the following:-
Steyn, Rabada, Ngidi, Olivier and Nortje
It is quite likely that all five of the latter will be in the WC squad later this year, . .
What do you think about the above potential squad?