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Rabada wants Proteas to move on from off-field drama
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Rabada wants Proteas to move on from off-field drama

Kagiso Rabada has called upon the South African team to ignore the developments taking off the field and redirect their attention towards resuscitating their lacklustre World Cup campaign as they take on the West Indies at Southampton on Monday.

South Africa have fared poorly in all of their three games in the tournament thus far, failing to register a win and now face the threat of being eliminated by the end of the round-robin group stage.

Their struggles with the bat were on display in the defeats against England and India, while a spirited performance from Bangladesh kept them at bay as they crashed to a 21-run defeat.

Much of the Proteas' problems of being unable to find the right winning combination rests in the fact that several of their key players including Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Lungi Ngidi have been subject to lingering injuries.

Meanwhile, a shocking revelation regarding AB de Villiers' controversial offer to return to the national side on the eve of the World Cup squad announcement has put the South African selectors in hot water in light of the abysmal run of the team.

"There's just been a lot happening off the field and we are just looking to clear that out of our heads," said Rabada, who spearheads the Proteas' pace attack in the absence of Steyn.

"But it has been enjoyable," added Rabada, ahead of Monday's match.

"It's exciting. This is what you want. It has been enjoyable but it has come with its challenges in terms of our team."

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Rabada has not yet delivered a memorable spell across the three matches his team has played, but he has been delighted to witness pacers from other countries dictating the terms to the batsmen on pitches not exactly conducive to fast bowling.

"They are all phenomenal bowlers. I enjoy watching other bowlers bowl. It's nice to see other people do well, but not against us," said Rabada lightheartedly.

"We all have our aspirations. We want to achieve certain goals. I don't think it puts any pressure on me (to perform).

"I know exactly what I want to get out of the game. When you admire other sportsmen, it can inspire you."