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Washout could leave South Africa World Cup hopes down the drain

Washout could leave South Africa World Cup hopes down the drain”

South Africa were 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play and intermittent showers meant no play was possible for the rest of the game, giving them their first point after three back-to-back losses against England, Bangladesh and India.

The "no result" has given them a first point of the competition from four matches, but they likely needed double that in order to compete for the knockout phase.

Faf Du Plessis hopes the controversy over AB De Villiers´ attempt to come out of retirement for the World Cup can fuel his side´s bid to rescue their spluttering campaign.

South Africa have also made two changes to their playing XI that featured against India - Aiden Markram and Beuran Hendricks come in for JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi.

Du Plessis insisted that the furore surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from global retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the sort of issue that draws the squad closer together. "I said to him "I think it is too late but I will check in with the coach and the selectors the next morning to get their opinion on it as the squad was already announced or picked", du Plessis said. For us it was important on a day like this to start not losing may wickets. [Shortage] favours the team that bats second. "We are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play. I'm sure next time most guys will be in that position and will make better decisions".

Speaking after Monday's washout game against West Indies, South African captain Faf du Plessis disclosed that he and retired cricketer AB de Villiers had telephonic conversation on this during the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this summer. "A lot of other things had gone on before that, of course", he said. "Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance. And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that", the skipper said.

"We would have probably been happy with that (three points from three games) at the start of the tournament". As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage. "But it's obviously really out of our control".



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