The last time the Champions Trophy took
place, in 2009 in South Africa, Morne Morkel was unlucky to miss out on a place in the squad. He’s part of the side this team though and
ahead of South Africa’s opening clash against India on Thursday, he hopes the
tournament can be fruitful for the Proteas.
“Every year the rules are changed and makes
it more challenging. For me to win a World Cup or to play in a World Cup is
important to be involved in events like this one, is exciting,” Morkel added.
The ICC have opted to do away with the
tournament, in favour of a Test Championship,
and while it’s highly unlikely that the tournament will be remembered
beyond July when England begin a back-to-back Ashes series, South Africa have a
real chance to set the foundation for a
legacy in the shorter format of the game. They’ve come miles in the Test
format, but haven’t quite clicked in the shorter format of the game. Tactics,
exploiting the seam-friendly conditions and coming together as a unit will be
key for the Proteas. They might not win
the tournament, but with such a delicate mix of veterans and rookies, they
might very well put on one heck of a memorable show.
Antoinette Muller is a freelance writer who writes mainly about
soccer and cricket for The Daily Maverick or anybody else who will have
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