Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Windies, South Africa clash washed out

Windies, South Africa clash washed out

"It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced", the official website of the Cricket World Cup quoted du Plessis as saying.

South Africa opener Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 17 and du Plessis was not out without scoring.

Hashim Amla after being dismissed by West Indies.

South Africa are still searching for their first win of the tournament and will be hoping it comes on Saturday when they take on Afganistan in Cardiff.

He assured South African fans that the team would not leave any stone unturned as they bid to turn their fortunes around. He now looks in unbelievable form in the nets, he's a class player and this is as well as I've seen him play.

'And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that.

"We have played two of the strongest teams (England and India)", he said.

"It's unfortunate in that you can't do anything about the weather situation". "It is very clear for us as a team we need to be at our best and we need to play well in the next five games".

And sent in at the Rose Bowl, they were tottering on 29 for two in the eighth over before rain intervened and eventually forced a no-result.

Given the format of the tournament, where each team plays the other nine sides only once, Benkenstein said spontaneous planning could be the key in their remaining five games of the league stage. But du Plessis is happy that his team is free of any cracks which can develop when on a losing streak. "One thing is for sure, it's good for global cricket to have the West Indies playing the brand of cricket they are. We just feel like it is more important for him to just have another three or four days to build-up his loads again so he can bowl eight, nine, ten overs", he said.

South Africa have managed just one point from the four matches they have played so far and are now languishing at the bottom of the points table, just above Afghanistan whom they will play next Saturday in Cardiff. Earlier, the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on June 7 in Bristol was also not completed due to rain.

"When you're in and dominating, you have to try and really make the most of it and I think sometimes we don't get that balance right".

Holder added they hoped to have all-rounder Andre Russell back from injury for their next clash against England at the same Southampton venue on Friday.

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