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Gibson says South Africa have 'plenty to play for' in remaining matches
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Gibson says South Africa have 'plenty to play for' in remaining matches

South Africa need something special to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals but coach Ottis Gibson insists that his side have plenty to play for in their remaining three matches.

The Faf du Plessis-led side have so far struggled in the mega-event with only one win in their six matches.

The Proteas did put up a fight against New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday but couldn’t seal a win due to Kane Williamson’s stunning century.

South Africa face Pakistan on Sunday before facing Sri Lanka and Australia in their remaining games.

"We've still got three games to play and I'd like to think that we can at least play the way we know we can play," said Gibson.

"The thing about the squad is that there are guys playing their last World Cup and I'd like to think that they will leave the world stage having signed off on a strong note."

"And there are some youngsters here that I'm sure will play in future World Cups. So they too would like to leave a statement. That's the way we've got to look at it," said Gibson.

Imran Tahir and JP Duminy will both retire from one-day internationals at the end of the tournament while Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are representing South Africa in their first World Cup.

But Ottis Gibson admitted South Africa's reason for poor show was their batting which couldn’t put big scores to give their bowlers a chance.

"We've not really been able to put enough runs on the board. We don't have the bowling attack that we wanted to have, therefore we needed more runs to work with," Gibson said.

South Africa’s bowling stocks received a jolt when Dale Steyn had to come back home without playing a single game due to shoulder injury.

And paceman Ngidi was also ruled out three matches with a hamstring strain before returning for the New Zealand clash at Edgbaston.