Hosts England to take on South Africa in World Cup 2019 opener today
Cricket World Cup 2019 begins with hosts England locking horns with South Africa The Oval today. While South Africa will like do away with their choker tag, England will further look to exhibit their strength in the white ball cricket. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis tried to ease the pressure on his team by insisting they did not have to play like “Superman” to enjoy success at the tournament. England captain Eoin Morgan, on the other hand, said winning a home World Cup could do wonders for cricket in the sport’s birthplace. Batting has been the basis of England’s ODI rejuvenation, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan and the dynamic Jos Buttler among a top seven who can all change the course of an innings in the blink of an eye. The resurgent England is being touted as the team that can break the 500-run mark in ODI and they seem to be well equipped to do so in the World Cup itself. On the other hand South Africa, always considered one of the favourites, have also had injury concerns over their two other main strike bowlers, Lungi Ngidi (side) and Kagiso Rabada (back), though both played in the warm-up win over Sri Lanka last week. As far as their batting is concerned, Du Plessis will have to shoulder a lot of responsibility along with stumper batsman Quinton de Kock. Hashim Amla’s international career appears to be winding down as this could be his last World Cup.