South Africa go right into a one-day worldwide sequence in opposition to England in Bloemfontein on Friday needing a robust efficiency to make sure automated qualification for the Cricket World Cup later this yr. The three-match sequence is a part of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s World Cup Tremendous League, from which the highest eight groups will qualify for the World Cup in India in October and November. South Africa have to win at the least three of their remaining 5 fixtures – in addition they should play two matches in opposition to the Netherlands – to climb above West Indies, who’re presently in eighth place after finishing their programme.
However Sri Lanka may additionally leapfrog the West Indies in the event that they win at the least two matches of their ultimate sequence in New Zealand in March. South Africa can assure qualification by successful all 5 of their remaining video games.
Groups that fail to win a World Cup place routinely must play in a qualifying event in Zimbabwe in June and July.
The England ODI sequence comes at a time of transition for South Africa, following the resignation of Mark Boucher as head coach.
Rob Walter, the brand new white ball coach, is finishing his commitments with Central Districts in New Zealand and Shukri Conrad, appointed as Check coach, will stand in for the matches in opposition to England.
Conrad stated he was in shut contact with Walter. “We share related concepts. We’re in dialog actually day-after-day.”
The South African selectors ignored requires a shake-up in an under-performing 50-overs crew, and haven’t injected new blood into their squad for the England sequence.
“It’s a very settled squad,” stated Conrad. “They perceive what’s required on this sequence.”
Nevertheless it appears doubtless that there might be contemporary pondering when Walter takes over subsequent month.
Walter confirmed in his first teaching function in New Zealand that he’s keen to take robust motion, after being appointed in command of an Otago crew that had didn’t play to its potential.
“I needed to take some robust choices and it led to the departure of some senior gamers,” he informed South Africa’s Rapport newspaper.
One chance might be a return to worldwide cricket for former captain Faf du Plessis, 38, who hit the primary century in South Africa’s SA20 competitors on Tuesday night time.
However Walter, who labored with Du Plessis when he was head coach of the Titans franchise earlier than shifting to New Zealand in 2016, stated his first activity can be to speak to South African white-ball captain Temba Bavuma.
Eight of England’s squad have been enjoying within the SA20 competitors, together with captain Jos Buttler, who’s the main run-scorer, and quick bowler Jofra Archer, who has proven good kind in 5 matches for the MI Cape City crew.
Accidents have prevented Archer from enjoying for England for nearly two years.
The tempo bowler informed journalists in Bloemfontein that he was “about 80 p.c match” and was now not nervous that his physique “going to offer means”.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
England: Jos Buttler (captain, wkt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes.
January 27, Bloemfontein (day-night)
January 29, Bloemfontein (day)
February 1, Kimberley (day-night)
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