“We need to focus on now and what’s coming up next”- du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis urges that his team is focusing on the next five matches as with no win South Africa have to win their remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.


He also expresses that his team has been in great position for the next five matches. “We had a terrible begin to the competition. In any case, that is done now, we need to ensure we put all our energy and focus into the now and what’s coming up next. I really accept that if we carry those apparitions of the most recent week with us, it will be difficult to escape the opening, so the discussions of the most recent few days, particularly with all the rain around, gives me more opportunity to check in with the players, ensure they are on the correct way and have put that week behind them,” du Plessis said.

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South Africa started the tournament very badly as they lost three matches against England, Bangladesh, India and their last match had been washed out against West Indies due to rain. So it’s a do or die situation for them to make the semi-final stage. “It’s very clear for us. Presently everybody has written the team off. So there’s our backs against the wall as a group.

“We can’t be thinking back at this point. If you’re thinking back, at that point we’re simply going to practically like buoy through this competition, win perhaps one, possibly two, three matches, yet we’re not going to achieve what we want. So ideally that will permit the folks to come join the fun the manner in which we need them to play and the manner in which we can play,” the skipper said.

South Africa will face Afghanistan on Saturday, June 15 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff to begin their “five match” mission.


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