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ICC World Cup 2019: Dale Steyn backs South Africa to win the championship

"We are led by Faf, who has been in fantastic form late."

Dale Steyn of South Africa
Dale Steyn of South Africa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The ICC World Cup in England and Wales is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, May 30 in England and Wales. The tournament opener is set to take place between hosts England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. Even as the Three Lions are being considered as one of the favourites, the Proteas are being deemed as one of the dark horses of the tournament.

However, Dale Steyn, the 35-year-old experienced fast bowler, believes that South Africa have a fair chance of going all the way in the 50-overs mega event. The Phalaborwa-born speedster reckons all the players in the team are potential match winners on their day. Moreover, the experienced campaigner also hoped for some ‘luck’ to go their way in order to win the championship.

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We are going with good expectations

“We are led by Faf, who has been in fantastic form late. And in the IPL, Imran Tahir has been right up there in terms of wickets. From Quinton de Kock all the way down to number 11, they are all match-winners. We just need to go there and hope a bit of luck – weather, a missed no-ball – goes your way, and you could win the tournament,” Steyn was quoted as saying in the ICC’s official website.

“I do not think South Africa have lost an ODI series in two-and-a-half years (they have won 11 of their last 13 ODI series). We are going with good expectations. If you are not going to the World Cup expecting to win, then you probably should not go,” the speedster added.

South Africa have won five One Day International series in a row, their previous victory coming against Sri Lanka by a margin of 5-0. They last tasted defeat against India in the six-match ODI series way back in February 2018. They slumped to a 1-5 drubbing. The Proteas are most likely to be led by Faf du Plessis and their squad is yet to be announced.

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