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ICC World Cup 2019 | Our Bowling is One of Our X-Factors: Du Plessis

Cricketnext Staff | May 29, 2019, 9:46 PM IST

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who will lead his team out against hosts England in the opening game of the 2019 World Cup on May 30, stands firm on the belief that rankings and reputations are irrelevant at the moment.

“Whether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket. England have been good and are the favourites so if it means on the day there is less pressure on us then we can play freely," du Plessis said on the eve of the game.

"We are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great.

“It is about making sure you stay focussed for the whole tournament.”

The English batting has been in great nick and the best form of attack for the Proteas will be taking wickets. Du Plessis however, will be without the services of Dale Steyn, which might put added pressure on the young duo of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

“A fit Dale makes our attack stronger but he is a big loss and we anticipated this since he was 60 percent ready when we picked the squad.”

“Our bowling is one of our X-factors. We have pace with Steyn, Rabada and Ngidi and that changes now. That is plan A for the World Cup in terms of our balance.

“Rabada does not need guidance, I won’t tell him how to bowl, he knows more than I do. It is about setting him free. World Cups are for people to perform and KG will want to make this his stage.”

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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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