"For us, our focus is on moving forward and trying to get the wins on the board and send a message to everyone that the World Cup is in our backyard and we want to be a team to be beaten." … [Read more...] about Warner not expecting friction between Australia and South Africa
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When South Africa blanked New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series in New Zealand, it seemed they were peaking at the right time for the T20 World Cup. That, however, turned out to be a false dawn as they slipped in the T20Is series to a 1-3 defeat. Since the last T20 World Cup, they've won eight and lost eight games. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been among the runs while injury has plagued their captain Dane van Niekerk. As many as eight players were part of Women's Big Bash League and that'll help the side as they aim to upset the likes of England and West Indies. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
The South African batting has ceased to be a problem in this format, particularly with Heinrich Klaasen taking charge after the axing of JJ Smuts. It's the bowling that has panicked, even with the return of Dale Steyn, who only played the first T20I (where he unveiled a jaw-dropping slower ball) before sticking firmly to the bench for the final two. The resurgent England line-up handed them an absolutely thrashing in the final T20I in particular, led by captain Eoin Morgan, who unloaded on a clueless South African bowling attack in their own conditions. Nevertheless, Rabada has returned to lend a little more confidence, perhaps a shoulder to cry on, so perhaps Nortje and Rabada can drive a resurrection for the Proteas, as could Faf du Plessis, who is likely to open for de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
So far, though, Warner's experience of being back in South Africa has been positive, despite the painful memories. "Obviously echoing Steve's words yesterday, about walking into first the airport and then walking into here, obviously the memories weren't great," he said. "But the last few days, every single person that we've come across that's asked for a photo, or that we've come into contact with or spoken to, have had nothing but great words to say and welcoming us to the country and being really, really polite. … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
“Obviously we’ll cross paths playing against each other,” Warner said in Johannesburg. “But I don’t have his number and I speak to a few of the South African guys but I’ve never played in the same team as him or anything like that. Obviously it’s a little bit different. I’m sure if I see him on the field and that, we’ll just treat each other how we normally would as respectful opponents.” … [Read more...] about We’ll Treat Each Other as Respectful Opponents: David Warner on Quinton de Kock