Banned South African player Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked his World Cup squad and left David Miller out of his starting XI.
The former Proteas player, who was banned for eight years in 2017 after admitting to attempting to fix matches in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge, joined the craze and picked his World Cup squad.
This came after he gave his insight regarding their chances in the tournament in an interview with Sport24.
‘If I was tasked with selecting the Proteas first XI, I would select Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla as my openers. They are a trusted opening pair and one of the best in the world. Reeza Hendricks would be my pick at number three, as he works his innings and has a calmness about him. Faf du Plessis would bat at four and captain the side owing to his assurance, and Rassie van der Dussen would be my choice at five. He is a finisher and plays well under pressure,’ he told Sport 24.
‘At six, JP Duminy would offer quick-fire from the word go and Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo would be my all-rounders at seven and eight. Morris can bowl at over 140 km p/h, but needs consistency, while Phehlukwayo has a proven record.
‘Positions nine, ten and eleven would be occupied by Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir. Rabada is an obvious choice, Steyn brings a wealth of experience and Tahir is strike bowler, wicket-taker and partnership breaker.
‘David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Anrich Nortje would complete my 15-man squad. In my opinion, Miller is a hit-and-miss player and he hasn’t grabbed the opportunity for a man of his calibre.
‘Meanwhile, Ngidi would crack my starting XI depending on his injury recovery and the pitch conditions in the UK, because in the side I have selected, South Africa already have three pace bowlers who can bowl at more than 140 km p/h and take the game away.’
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