Proteas: No mental coach at CWC

2015-01-08 07:45
Proteas (AFP)
Cape Town - South Africa will not have a team psychologist travelling with them to the Cricket World Cup (CWC) in Australia and New Zealand.

The Proteas squad and management team for the February 14-March 29 tournament were unveiled at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Wednesday.

According to ESPNcricinfo, one notable absentee on the management team was that of a mental coach to help them work through the under-achievements that have marred their World Cup history.

In 2011, Paddy Upton accompanied the squad to the World Cup in India, while Henning Gericke, who also worked with the Springbok rugby team when they won the 2007 World Cup, had been a consultant to the team in the past.

According to the cricket specialist website, Gericke is still on Cricket South Africa's books and has and will consult with the team before they depart Down Under.

However, there are no plans for him to accompany the team during the tournament, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

Meanwhile, Proteas captain AB de Villiers believes his team have the firepower to bring the World Cup title home.

"We've got the right players to win the World Cup. It's just now a matter of going there and finding a way to do so," De Villiers told SAPA.

"That's always the difficult part, but we're prepared to put in the hard yards. We are going there to bring the cup back."

Proteas World Cup squad:

AB de Villiers (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras, vice-captain), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans),Wayne Parnell (Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras)

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