Proteas Next Matches Schedule Named By CSA

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South Africa will go head on with England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener at the Oval on the 30th of May to the 14th of July.

Proteas last played England at the same Venue in 1999 tournament following Herschelle Gibbs’ half-century and Allan Donald’s 4/17, that match gave South Africa three wins in three matches.

South Africa will then take on the ICC Champions Trophy winners at the Lord’s 23 June 2018 looking to avenge the 50-overs tournament loss in the 2015 World Cup.

South Africa’s other matches in the tournament are at The Oval against Bangladesh, 2 June, Hampshire Bowl against India, 5 June; and against the Windies, 10 June, Cardiff Wales Stadium against Afghanistan, 15 June and The Riverside against Sri Lanka, 28 June.

Looking ahead to next year’s tournament, South Africa’s all-rounder Chris Morris said: “World Cup is a massive thing to every sportsman, not just to a cricket player. It is the pinnacle of a sportsman’s career.

“To be able to give yourself an opportunity to win a World Cup for your country, is an amazing journey to be a part of. It is not just a six-month journey, but a four-year journey building up to the tournament.

“As a South African, you have the opportunity to create history as a cricketer and do something that no other cricketer has done.”

Morris preached that next year’s tournament will one of the most open events in recent years and will largely depend on how teams are peaking.

“It is probably the most open World Cup, it depends what teams are peaking at the right time, but there is always an upset at a World Cup and you will always remember them,” said Morris, who has scored 393 runs and taken 35 wickets in 34 ODIs to date.

He added: “One individual can take a game of cricket away on the day, it will be very interesting to play against teams that some guys have not played against and new players that have never been seen coming onto the big stage, so it is exciting for all those involved.