CWC 2019: Jacques Kallis Urges South Africa To Follow England's Path

ICC World Cup 2019: Jacques Kallis Urges South Africa To Follow England’s Path

Jacques Kallis

Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has urged South Africa to follow England’s path. England was knocked out from 2015 World Cup in the early stages but they were able to turn the tables. Eoin Morgan led the side with aplomb and they bounced back stronger than ever. Thus, Kallis wants the Proteas to take a cue from England’s book.

South Africa is knocked out of the World Cup and they didn’t look at their best. The Proteas has thus far managed to win a solitary contest out of the seven matches. Hence, Faf du Plessis led side was not able to come up with a collective effort.

Jacques Kallis, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Team India, South Africa
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South Africa has been disappointing.

Furthermore, South Africa’s highest score in the tournament was 68 runs which were scored by Quinton de Kock. Consequently, it was a disappointing performance from South Africa as the tourney has been a high scoring affair thus far.

“Four years ago, England was perhaps one of the lowest ranked teams in the world after really struggling at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand,” Kallis told Sport24.

“However, they used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket.

In fact, South Africa was defensive in their approach as they struggled to get going with the bat. Their batsmen strike rate was poor and they played like an afraid team.

ICC World Cup 2019: Jacques Kallis Urges South Africa To Follow England's Path

“England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward.

“You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago.

“Some will demand everything is changed but a total clean out is just not the way ahead, we need to be more considered and thoughtful.”

South Africa was just not turned on in the tournament. They could not get any kind of momentum and failed to express themselves.

Ergo, South Africa will need to adopt a better approach and come out with new changes. Most importantly, they need to turn the tables quickly and start their rebuilding process from the get-go.

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