World Cup Betting: South Africa go with Amla

Ed Hawkins

Friday, April 19, 2019 4:17 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 19, 2019 4:17 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) runs the rule over South Africa’s slection for the tournament which starts May 30

<p>South Africa had only one tricky decision to make for their World Cup roster – and in that sentence it probably tells you all you need to know why they are priced as joint-fourth favourites with New Zealand at 10/1 (11.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair </a>and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a>.</p><p>When you pretty much have 14 men who pick themselves that suggests there isn’t a whole lot of talent to choose from. Not that it’s South Africa’s fault. Over the last few years they have suffered a severe player drain with bright, young things rejecting the chance to play for their country for long, bountiful contracts in English county cricket. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/world-cup-betting-hosts-name-squad-and-leave-out-archer/89829/" target="_blank">England have had their own issues</a> about picking qualified players.</p><p>The decision they had been arguing over was Hashim Amla or Reeza Hendricks for an opening batsman or top order slot. In the end the Saffers went with Amla. It looks a sound call. The veteran has struggled for form recently but his exceptional experience in playing the varied conditions in England must surely have made it a no brainer.</p><p>While Hendricks is no doubt talented, it might pay to pair batters up top with contrasting styles. If Amla bats with Quinton de Kock, the former can drop anchor and the other can blaze away. Amla has a canny ability to play the ball late, find the gaps and keep things ticking over if the ball is bending.</p><p>Chris Morris, the all-rounder, was perhaps unfortunate to miss out. Morris is having a good spell with Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League and his availability for the full tournament will be a boon for the franchise.</p><p>South Africa are well-stocked with all-rounders. Andile Phehlukwayo is a terrific performer who should be noted for top bowler markets while Dwaine Pretorius can make useful contributions with bat and ball.</p><p>Arguably their greatest strength is with the ball. South Africa are unlikely to match fast scorers like England but in Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn they have every pace option covered. Imran Tahir, their best spin option, is a seriously impressive player and a major draw for bettors.</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen</strong></p>
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