CWC Squadron: 6 Proteas That Will Hold Your Breath


Cape Town – O Proteas squad for this year cricket world Cup England and Wales will be announced at the SuperSport studios in Johannesburg on Thursday at 13:00.

Although there is a widely established feeling for the Proteas at the moment, with few expected surprises, there will still be some players who are holding their breath.

While the selectors have certainly decided who the 15 players are, there may still be a few moments of anxiety in the next 24 hours for some aspirants.

Below Sport24 looks at SIX individuals who may be having some nervous moments waiting for a call from the selection chief, Linda Zondi.

1. Hashim Amla

This is undoubtedly the biggest selection puzzle for Proteas' brain confidence. Amla has all the pedigree of the world and her experience at the highest level will always be a great attraction, but her shape at the moment and in the last year was not very convincing. Many believe he will be the most important victim when the squadron is announced. If he is not, then the Proteas will probably catch Reeza Hendricks.

Hashim Amla (Rooster)

2. Rehearse Hendricks

The Amla v Hendricks shootout has reached its climax, and only one of them is likely to go. To his credit, Hendricks remained in the running with some important performances in both the ODI and T20I throughout the preparation. Whenever he seemed to fall into disgrace, he would recover with races. Hendricks would be sorely lost if he did, as long as he goes at Amla's expense, he will have the biggest shoes to fill for the Proteas in England.

Rehearsal Hendricks (Rooster)

3. Dwaine Pretorius

Pretorius will almost certainly be included in the cast, but if the selectors decide to change the balance and choose Hendricks and Amla, then someone will have to fall. With Andile Phehlukwayo guaranteeing a ticket to the World Cup as the first-round all-rounder, Pretorius would be in the line of fire if Proteas decided to follow that path. This is unlikely to happen, and the 30-year-old should be able to rest easy knowing he's on his way to England.

Dwaine Pretorius (Rooster)

4. Beuran Hendricks

A long shot, but Hendricks comes into play, given that he is left-handed and therefore he would offer some variety to the Proteas seam attack. Both Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje have struggled against injuries in preparation for the tournament, and if for any reason one of them can not go, Hendricks can come into play.

Beuran Hendricks (Rooster)

5. Anrich Nortje

The Nortje's international cargo came out of nowhere. In just six months he was no longer an unknown entity for an expected member of the Proteas World Cup team. He has rough pace in his favor, but would still be a big invitation to take him to the World Cup, especially considering he was injured. The likes of Beuran Hendricks and Junior Dala will be waiting for them to make a late move to break their heads in front of him.

Anrich Nortje (Gallo)

6. Chris Morris

Morris has the support of many South Africans who believe he should be one of the team's first names for the World Cup. He was impressive once again at the IPL for the Capitals of Delhi, but for some reason he was not part of Ottis Gibson's plans in preparation for the World Cup. His inclusion would be a surprise, but many would expect to see his name on Thursday.

Chris Morris (Rooster)


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