Cricket World Cup Preview : South Africa

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool B


The return to full fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy is a priority for South Africa, who will be among the tournament favourites.

The combined talents of De Kock, a dashing opening batsman and capable wicketkeeper, and Duminy, a solid middle order batsman and useful off-spinner, are essential elements in a squad short on quality all-rounders.

De Kock is out of action because of an ankle injury but hopes to be fit for the start of the World Cup.

Captain AB de Villiers could keep wicket in the early games but is too valuable a batsman to be burdened with the gloves throughout the campaign.

Duminy was sorely missed when South Africa were beaten 4-1 in an away series by Australia and his return from a knee injury was twice postponed ahead of a current one-day series against the West Indies.

South Africa, yet to win a World Cup knock-out game, are keen to play seven batsmen in most games, which could leave them light on bowling, with Duminy having to play a key role.

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