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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

World Cup South Africa Squad

South Africa has unveiled their World Cup squad with notable inclusions after spinner Keshav Maharaj and seamer Sisanda Magala successfully overcame fitness hurdles. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from the format following the tournament. With their sights set on lifting the elusive trophy, South Africa, under the guidance of Coach Rob Walter, has opted for a squad with limited World Cup experience, a challenge they've faced since their debut in 1992.

Leading the charge as captain is batter Temba Bavuma, while the return of Maharaj is a significant boost after he battled through a ruptured Achilles. His recent appearance in South Africa's T20I loss to Australia marked his comeback after an absence since March. On the other hand, Magala, who was sidelined due to a knee injury, returns with his clever variations and crafty bowling skills, set to shine on the challenging Indian pitches. However, experienced all-rounder Wayne Parnell misses out due to a nagging shoulder injury, and the squad omits promising young batters Dewald Brevis and Tristan Stubbs.

South Africa enters the tournament with a spin-heavy arsenal, featuring both Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi as frontline spinners, with the versatile batter Aiden Markram as a reliable third option. Notably, the 30-year-old De Kock, who has already retired from Test cricket, has confirmed that he will bid adieu to One-Day Internationals following the conclusion of the World Cup.

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