'Washout better than rain-shortened game': Du Plessis

'Washout better than rain-shortened game': Du Plessis

'Washout better than rain-shortened game': Du Plessis

The West Indies are fifth in the World Cup table with three points after three matches, while South Africa are second from bottom after four games, leaving their hopes of making the semi-finals hanging by a thread.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said: "We are in a bad position but it's our own fault".

Had the full game played out, things may have got even worse for the South Africans. "It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" (phone call)". We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent, more solid cricket.

"Lungi will be ready for the next match which is important for us - we are looking for a bowling attack that is as strong as possible".

The West Indies will stay in Southampton to take on top-ranked England, featuring former Barbados fast bowler Jofra Archer, on Friday.

Although South Africa collected their first World Cup point, they face a struggle to finish in the top four of the group. You need one guy getting a great hundred. He said he told de Villiers that he would check with the selectors the next morning and later, he came to realise that it was indeed too late for AB de Villiers to make a comeback. But there was more pace and bounce in Southampton and that pitch is more tricky than numerous others in England.

Senior batsmen such as Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have yet to get out of the starting blocks, while youngsters such as Aiden Markram has looked like a deer in the headlights. "I feel like they've batted well, but they haven't batted long enough", he said.

"But the further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game it becomes, the odds are heavily in their favour". The West Indies nearly had a third wicket too but Quinton de Kock survived a big appeal on Kemar Roach's first delivery as DRS was called into play.

Given the format of the tournament, where each team plays the other nine sides only once, Benkenstein said spontaneous planning could be the key in their remaining five games of the league stage. "We are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play". They won their opening match fairly easily, beating Pakistan in the process.

"Patrick Farhart has done the initial treatment and Dhawan had iced the thumb for quite a bit, but the swelling just didn't subside and that is when we decided that this needed a scan", the source said.

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