South Africa v West Indies match rained off


South Africa's fading chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup were dealt a further blow today after their match with West Indies in Southampton was abandoned due to rain.

Skipper Faf du Plessis has opened up on the AB de Villiers media storm that rocked the Proteas camp last week...

The South Africa team is in deep trouble in terms of their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign. We do feel like the news came in and like, went through the team. "It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" (phone call)." he said. "But it is stuff like that, generally, that can give you direction in your team and give you goal to focus on what lies ahead", he added.

At the time, CSA convenor of selectors Linda Zondi said that he had heard of De Villiers' availability on the morning of the squad announcement while Proteas coach Ottis Gibson said he had also only heard from De Villiers in the hours before the announcement.

West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, troubled the South African batsmen early getting the wicket of Hashim Amla for six and Aiden Markram for five.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis insisted his troubled side could still turn their fortunes around. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need. While a no-result would rob the fans of a great clash, New Zealand fans will probably see it as a good thing as they now sit top of the table.

"We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent, more solid cricket. It didn't have a big impact", du Plessis told reporters.

However, the South Africa cricket board refused to take the bait.

They will now take on Afghanistan on Saturday in Cardiff. All this is in spite of poor performances against England, Bangladesh and India.

The only consolation for South Africa was it meant they picked up their first point of the tournament. Once you do that and that part of the game has any resistance, then your game plan falls. Time in the nets, team selection and everything else needs to reflect a clear strategy as to how they want to play. "I guess it is a blessing this game is over and we can look forward to the game against England", Holder said.

'Before the start of the tournament, everybody was saying that teams are going to make 360, 380, some teams will make 400, some teams will make 500.

"If we do that, and the results start one by one happening, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages".

"To me, it's just a mental thing". Everyone has got in.

"Everyone has got in and we've had opportunities to gets 100s and 100 partnerships to win games, but we've just got out".