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South Africa Champions Trophy Team Preview
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South Africa Champions Trophy Team Preview

South Africa won the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998. They have played a total of 21 CT matches with a decent overall record: won 11, lost 9 and tied 1. Below is their progress in the 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.


Currently ranked no 1 in the ODI’s this certainly is South Africa’s best chance of reclaiming the CT one more time and push away the ‘chokers’ title hanging around their neck for a while. They have a fairly balanced squad are scheduled to play three ODIs against title-contenders England right before the CT. This should give them enough time to acclimatise to the conditions and find their best 11. South Africa is in Group B alongside India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


Batting:

AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis and David Miller


South Africa have a set pair of openers followed by a solid middle order. Quinton De Kock has been their highest run scorer over the past two years; averaging 50.1 at over run a ball over this period. Not that he needs an introduction but AB de Villiers is the number 1 ranked batsman in ODI’s at the moment. In the past 2 years he’s played 27 matches, averages 65.22 and has a strike rate of 109.6 over this period.


Bowling:

Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Wayne Parnell


Imran Tahir, ranked number 1 in the ODI’s, has taken 16 wickets so far in 2017 at an economy rate of 4.78. He will get decent support from Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada, who has gone from an exciting prospect to one of the world's best fast bowlers over the past year. He has not just been a brilliant find for the Proteas but also for the cricketing world.


All-Rounders:

JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj and Farhaan Behardien.


JP Duminy hasn’t been in the best of form lately, averaging only 27.43 with the bat at a strike rate of 78.5 from his last 29 appearances for SA. On the other hand SA have Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo, with the former in really good form.


Trump Card:

Chris Morris will prove very handy with both bat and bowl. He has taken 15 wickets at an economy rate of 5.01 in this calendar year. 163 runs over his last 8 innings do not do justice to his ability of power hitting and single handed ability to change the course of a match.


Recent ODI form:

W W W W W W W W W W W W L W L W (most recent last)


Having won 14 matches from the last 16 played, South Africa seem to be more than ready to take on their opponents in the Champions Trophy. They won an away series earlier this year 3-2 against New Zealand.


Previous Champions Trophy:

South Africa played the semi-final against England in the last edition of the CT. The South African batting could only manage 175 runs while batting first; this dismal batting display ruined their chances of beating England to reach the final.