Names like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are near certainties for South Africa’s squad for the 2019 World Cup, while others such as Christiaan Jonker, Junior Dala and Khaya Zondo probably haven’t done enough in ODI cricket to warrant a trip to the limited-overs showpiece in the United Kingdom.
- Heinrich Klaasen
South Africa don’t need a reserve wicketkeeper-batsman in England and Wales. London and surrounds seem a relatively brief flight away for injury cover – and there is ample time between fixtures for a De Kock replacement to join, if required.
- Hashim Amla
If the selectors are going to decide on form rather than experience and reputation, then there should be no room for Amla. Age is catching up with him, his eyesight and reaction time isn’t what it used to be – and swinging and seaming conditions in England won’t be conducive to his orthodox approach.
- Beuran Hendricks
South Africa experimented with bringing the left-arm seamer into the ODI unit recently, but Hendricks hasn’t stood out enough to truly compel a difference from a seam attack spearheaded by right-armers.
- Dane Paterson
Fans are fixated on Paterson’s ability to pinpoint yorkers and bowl well at the death of the innings, but really, his numbers haven’t stacked up convincingly during the short spells of international cricket he has played so far.
- Wiaan Mulder
Whether there is space for Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo and Mulder in the same World Cup squad is doubtful. Two, yes, but not three – and Mulder will probably lose out to fellow all-rounders that are more experienced and can offer a bit more with bat and ball in ODIs.
- Tabraiz Shamsi
There won’t be space for two frontline wrist spinners, especially if JP Duminy and Aiden Markram are in the squad – and can share the fifth 10-over allotment with another all-rounder. Shamsi will step from Imran Tahir’s shadow soon enough, but not at the World Cup.