West Indies have won the toss and put South Africa into bat in the crunch World Cup clash at the Rose Bowl.
The Proteas go into their fourth match of the campaign desperately needing a victory. It remains to be seen, however, whether the game will be completed, as it’s been raining in Southampton this morning and more rain is forecast for later in the day.
‘We’re fielding because of the overhead conditions,’ West Indies captain Jason Holder said at the toss. ‘We’re expecting rain.’
Faf du Plessis confirmed that he also would have bowled first if given the option.
‘We were also looking to bowl first with the nature of the weather, but we assume that the whole day we’ll be playing in overcast conditions. We’re not focusing on the negatives.’
The Proteas have made two changes to their team. Aiden Markram comes in for JP Duminy and left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks replaces spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
Meanwhile, Andre Russel and Evin Lewis have been ruled out for the West Indies. Kemar Roach and Darren Bravo will feature against the Proteas.
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Imran Tahir
West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Darren Bravo, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Jason Holder (capt), 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Kemar Roach 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas
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