2019 World Cup: the confidence of the Australian World Cup is an extra player, says Faf Du Plessis
MANCHESTER: captain of South Africa Faf du Plessis He believes that confidence in the Australian World Cup is similar to an extra player, although he did more than most to make sure the starters entered the semifinals on the back of a loss.
Du Plessis reached 100 in a total of 325-6 that proved to be enough to give the Proteas a 10-race victory over Australia at Old Trafford in the final group game.
Saturday's success came after South Africa's hopes of a place for the last four disappeared a long time ago.
But the result meant that Australia could not finish first in the 10-team table and deprived them of a seemingly easier semi-final against New Zealand's fourth-placed Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Aaron Finch's team will now face a revitalized England in Edgbaston on Thursday.
Australia, however, has won the World Cup a record five times and du Plessis said that the success story made them strong contenders to reach the final at Lord's on July 14.
I think Australia and India have proven it again and again, said du Plessis after producing the first and only century of this World Cup in South Africa.
They are teams that win important matches. It is difficult to look beyond Australia and the success they have had in winning the World Cups, as much as we would like to say that we want to compete with that.
The confidence with which an Australian team enters a World Cup is like an additional player on your team.
Du Plessis, who was asked to name the winner of this World Cup, replied: They (Australia) will probably prefer to play against New Zealand, but I would say one from Australia or India.