ICC World Cup 2019: Lonwabo Tsotsobe picks his South Africa side for the tournament
"I think anything is possible for the Proteas."
Updated - Mar 30, 2019 12:33 pm
With the World Cup in England and Wales just a couple of months away, the cricketing fraternity is buzzing. Everybody seems to be forming their own XI and squads for the sides they support. The world has an opinion surrounding the mega event, which is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, May 30, and the buzz is only getting louder as the showpiece event approaches.
Banned South African fast bowler, Lonwabo Tsotsobe has admitted that anything is possible at the World Cup. South Africa have a bad record of faltering in the knockout stages. They have often been associated with the ‘C’ word and it tags along wherever they go. Tsotsobe thinks that it’ll all come down to the attitude. The 35-year-old who is banned for eight years said that the Proteas must rubbish all the thoughts about ‘choking’ else it could go downhill for them.
“I think anything is possible for the Proteas, but it comes down to what attitude they will have going towards the World Cup. If they have a cloud of self-doubt hanging over them and an inner-voice that says, ‘We are probably going to choke again,’ then they have already lost,” the former left-arm pacer was quoted saying by Sport24.
Tsotsobe leaves David Miller out of the XI in his World Cup side
Banned South African fast bowler, Lonwabo Tsotsobe also picked his South Africa team for the World Cup. He made some very interesting choices to his XI and squad. He left out David Miller from the XI and also, didn’t include Aiden Markram in the squad.
The former left-arm pacer who played five Tests, 61 ODIs and 23 T20Is for South Africa, felt that David Miller is a hit and miss kind of a player. He picked Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to open the batting. Reeza Hendricks would be his number three while skipper Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen at five and six. He picked three all-rounders next, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, and Andile Phehlukwayo. Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir complete his XI.
The reserves would be David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Anrich Nortje.
Here is the full squad
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir