Previewing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 South Africa's Pace-Driven Quest for Maiden Global Title.

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Previewing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: South Africa’s Pace-Driven Quest for Maiden Global Title.

Quinton de Kock is set to make his final appearance at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in India, leading a strong South African team that relies on his experience and a formidable pace-heavy bowling attack in their quest for a maiden tournament win.

At the age of 30, de Kock has retired from Test cricket, making this one-day international World Cup his swansong. If South Africa can maintain the form that led them to a comeback victory over Australia in a recent ODI series, it could be a crowning moment in his career.

South Africa, with three previous World Cup semifinal appearances as their best record, will once again be captained by Temba Bavuma. Although missing fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala due to fitness issues, the team still boasts a strong lineup, featuring pacemen like Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, and Gerald Coetzee. Lizaad Williams and allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo have been called up as replacements.

Proteas coach Rob Walter emphasized the importance of a balanced squad, particularly in adapting to Indian conditions, where fast bowling is a key strength. South Africa’s limited-overs World Cup history has been checkered, with no victories in the 50-over format, but this team seeks to change that narrative.

Bavuma, reflecting on past disappointments, has used them as motivation to drive the team towards success in India. He believes this South African squad is stronger, better-balanced, and more united, with a newfound belief in each other.

South Africa kicks off their World Cup campaign on October 7 against Sri Lanka, followed by a rematch against Australia on October 12.

Reference:

https://www.outlookindia.com/sports/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-south-africa-preview-pace-heavy-proteas

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/3671418

https://www.aljazeera.com/sports/2023/9/5/retiring-de-kock-named-in-south-africas-cricket-world-cup-squad

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