South Africa CWC factfile

2015-02-07 09:08
Russell Domingo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Factfile on South Africa ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.


AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn

Coach: Russell Domingo

Fixtures - Pool B

Sunday, February 15: Zimbabwe, Hamilton - 03:00

Sunday, February 22: India, Melbourne - 05:30

Friday, February 27: West Indies, Sydney - 05:30

Tuesday, March 3: Ireland, Canberra - 05:30

Saturday, March 7: Pakistan, Auckland - 03:00

Thursday, March 12: United Arab Emirates, Wellington - 03:00

World Cup record:

1992: Semi-finals

1996: Quarter-finals

1999: Semi-finals

2003: Pool stage

2007: Semi-finals

2011: Quarter-finals

Key player:

AB de Villiers

South Africa's captain underlined his outrageous ability when he broke the world record for the fastest ODI fifty and century, reaching the latter mark off 31 balls on the way to scoring 149 off 44 deliveries against the West Indies in January.

At his best De Villiers has the ability to destroy the best bowling attacks with strokes that most other batsmen would not even attempt. But he is also able to adapt his game to circumstances and if necessary to bat with a tight defence in a crisis situation, although seldom eschewing a scoring opportunity.

If South Africa are to break their hoodoo of never having won a World Cup knockout game they will be looking to De Villiers to bat deep into an innings.

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