South African cricket is going through its worst phase, both on and off the cricket field. The South African team lost a close match against England recently, and they lost another match against Australia recently with the whole team collapsing like a house of cards for their lowest ever total of 89 runs at Bullring.
South Africa failed to shine in the T20 Internationals. Their batting was disappointing, their bowling was listless, and their fielding was lackluster. The team conceded as many as two overs worth of runs in the form of wides.
South Africa is facing a crisis, to say the least. They are facing a do-or-die situation for the T20 World Cup, and cannot zero in on any exceptional players for their matches.
Mark Boucher, the coach of the South African team, has put a firm foot down and has asked the players to put their hands up as the management looks to lock in the squad for the T20 World Cup.
Cricket Next quoted Mark Boucher as saying, “There are certain places up for grabs and with guys getting opportunities, it’s important that they take them now. A month or so before the World Cup we want to have our minds made up on who we want to take as a 15-man squad.”
He further added, “It’s difficult for players to make a name for themselves a month before the tournament. Now is the time that players need to put their hands up and stake a claim for positions.”
Mark Boucher further clarified that multiple positions are still open in the team. He said, “We don’t quite know what our combinations are going to be and we are waiting for guys to step up.”
It is expected that AB de Villiers, the legendary T20 batsman will return to the side for the World Cup this year, but the others will need to rally around the explosive star if they aim to leave any mark.