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Did Hendricks Hint at World Cup Call-up Before Steyn Was Ruled Out?

Cricketnext Staff |June 4, 2019, 7:32 PM IST
Did Hendricks Hint at World Cup Call-up Before Steyn Was Ruled Out?

South Africa’s injury woes got from bad to worse when news emerged that Dale Steyn had been ruled out of the World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury. The 28-year-old Beuran Hendricks has been called up as replacement for the veteran.

While Steyn’s news came on Tuesday, Hendricks posted a photo of himself on his Instagram account, staring at the departure board at the Cape Town International Airport a day before.

Whether the left-arm pacer knew about his eventual call-up or was heading out for a vacation is anybody’s guess, Hendricks is on his way to England to join the South African squad. And his services are much-needed as well.

Apart from Steyn’s injury, Lungi Nigidi has been ruled out for 10 days after suffering a Grade 1 left hamstring strain.

The Proteas’ World Cup campaign has gotten off to a terrible start, losing both their clashes of the tournament. They suffered a massive 104-run loss against England in the opener and then were beaten by Bangladesh by 14 runs in their second game.

Faf du Plessis and his side are now set to face India, who are playing their first game of the tournament, on Wednesday.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
5 4 0 1 9 +1.59
2
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
3
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
6 1 4 1 3 -0.19
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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