South Africa are due to name their World Cup squad on the 18th of April. Over the past 12 months they have not lost an ODI series, winning home and away against Sri Lanka, at home against Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and in Australia. Given these stats, one might wonder where the headache is coming from.
The first is the question on Hashim Amla. Amla has not played limited overs cricket since January against Pakistan and struggled with form. Amla has averaged just over 35 runs since the beginning of 2018. However, the opening batsman averages 63.44 in England.
Who gets the opening spot if not Amla? Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks have been given opportunities to contest for the opening spot but there are still questions on their abilities. Markram averaged 108 in the domestic 50 over competition but that form has not translated to international cricket. Hendricks is in a similar situation but his back to back half-centuries in the T20 against Sri Lanka might have reignited his chances for selection.
Another source of discomfort has been injuries. JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje are all nursing injuries. If all three fail fitness tests before the selection, South Africa might risk selecting players from the domestic setup.
Captain Faf du Plessis describes his blueprint team as one that has six specialist batsmen, an all-rounder, three fast bowlers, and a spinner.
SuperSport the official broadcaster for Cricket South Africa ran a poll on the squad selection by the fans and this is the popular XV:
Quinton de Kock
Faf du Plessis
Rassie van der Dussen