A big concern for South African cricket supporters is the way their team's batting line up tends to collapse under pressure.
In their last warm up game against the co-hosts New Zealand, with only two star players rested, South Africa’s batting and bowling looked lacklustre. Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn were left out to rest but the team didn’t perform.
South Africa get their World Cup campaign under way against Zimbabwe tomorrow in Hamilton - and anything less than 350 runs on the score board should be considered a modest total with the likes of A.B de Villiers,Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the side.
The problem with South Africa having so many good players in the side is that at times others don’t seem to take responsibility and assume someone else will play the crucial innings.
Truly great batsmen rise to the occasion and play better under pressure. South Africa may have three of the best batsmen in the world according to the one day international rankings but the truth is their supporters are still waiting for them to perform under real pressure.
Australia and New Zealand have set very high standards in scoring over 330 runs in their opening matches. They seem to be the two teams to beat after day one of the cricket World Cup.
If South Africa can average around 330 runs-per-game they will get really close to winning the whole thing. The quote "no pressure, no diamonds" is what this World Cup is all about for South Africa if they can play to their potential and match the high standards set by the co-hosts they will be in with a chance.
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