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South Africa have the most balanced squad - Faf du Plessis

South Africa have the most balanced squad - Faf du Plessis
Can Faf du Plessis lead South Africa to their first World Cup win?
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South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis expressed that the Proteas squad selected for the ICC World T20 is the most balanced in recent times.

With players like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock in the top order along with du Plessis himself, the current South African squad boasts of a strong batting lineup.

South Africa’s pace spearhead, Dale Steyn has also recovered from the injuries that kept him out in the recent times and made a comeback in the T20I series against Australia.

However, South Africa recently lost the T20I series against Australia but du Plessis is not worried about that result as they used the series to give opportunities to everybody in the squad.

“In the series against Australia, we tried to make sure that every area was covered and that is why the team changed a little bit every game,” Du Plessis told reporters on Friday.

“So as a captain I don’t feel worried; I feel that we have got a well-balanced team.

“I feel that it is the probably the most balanced squad we have had, and it is not the eleven that is playing, we have got some real depth in our squad.”

Currently South Africa have Amla and de Kock battling it out for the opening slot alongside AB de Villiers and with the return of Steyn, the bowling department is also full of options for South Africa.

Du Plessis added that with players competing to stake a place in the final XI, the South African squad has all their bases covered for the ICC World T20.

“If you look at guys like Hashim Amla in the previous game, and two games Hashim was not playing, Dale Steyn is just back.

“So we have got some great names in our squad and guys are competing to get into the eleven.

“Like I said for the first time we have got a real great balance and every single area is covered.”

In their history, South Africa have not won a single World Cup either in the fifty over format or in the twenty over format.

In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, South Africa went all the way to the semi-finals but lost to the eventual runners up New Zealand in a game that was marred by rain.

Confident that they have prepared well for the ICC World T20, du Plessis is hoping that South Africa can go all the way in the tournament this time.

“The only way you can ever get the monkey off your back is if you do win a trophy.

“For me it is about our preparation, which has been really good and then if it happens, hopefully we will have to stop answering the question.”

In the 2016 ICC World T20, South Africa are placed in Group 1 in the Super 10 stage alongside England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and the team which progresses from Group B.

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