• April 2019 in review: 10 of the best stories

    A look back at some of the SACricketMag.com stories that piqued the most interest during the fourth month of the year.

    Plenty of bias from the Titans head coach, admittedly, but his insistence that the talented right-hander be included in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 World Cup was spot on.

    While other squad members gained or lost momentum in the CSA T20 Challenge, or cashed in during the Indian Premier League, the multi-dimensional batsman honed his trade in conditions that the Proteas will encounter during the World Cup.

    Former Proteas star Herschelle Gibbs took a stab at the composition of the World Cup squad, suggesting Beuran Hendricks should crack the nod.

    All speculation and theorising were quietened by the announcement of the 15-man collective, with no room found for Reeza Hendricks after all.

    Plenty of relatively notable exclusions were apparent from the naming of the 15 – and one or more among these may yet crack the nod as the Proteas navigate Dale Steyn’s injury and uncertainty about Hashim Amla.

    Is a fourth frontline seamer in Anrich Nortje completely necessary? Will Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir feature in the same World Cup? And more.

    From Boeta Dippenaar’s exclusion in 2007 to Mark Boucher’s 2011 rejection, South Africa’s squads over the years have featured some glaring omissions.

    With every arrival of a World Cup, memories of that run-out in 1999 revive when Alan Donald went from hero to zero.

    Players aplenty, including Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo, heavily criticised the poor umpiring during the One-Day Cup final.

    Cricket South Africa’s decision to sideline franchise cricket for a return to provincial competition has raised plenty of questions.

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