South Africa Needs to Take Lesson

Former South African Captain Jacques Kallis contemplated the Porteas’ poor performance in the World Cup 2019 that has led them out of the tournament.

Writing in a column for ICC, Kallis said, “Four years ago, England were perhaps one of the lowest ranked teams in the world.”

England stood at the same spot in 2015, where South Africa stands today. Too soon out of the race for semi-finals, the English team was knocked out during group stages in the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

The defeated and disappointed team took their humiliation as a lesson, and built a team in the coming four years that stands at number four stop in the present day world cup.

“They used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket. England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes,” wrote Kallis.

“South Africa need to take inspiration from England as they rebuild their team for the next World Cup,” he further added.

Kallis emphasized that the young players like Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Aiden Markram are an asset for the team, and if motioned in the right direction, the players are the basis of South African cricket’s future.

“What those guys have been through at this World Cup will be invaluable and the process starts with them,” wrote the former skipper for the young players – none of whom is above 24 years of age.

“England are proof how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you have the right approach,” concluded Kallis who deemed hopeful of the team’s prospect in the next World Cup.

For now, the Proteas are scheduled to face Sri Lanka on Friday.


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