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Former South Africa pace bowler Shaun Pollock is confident that the Proteas can win the forthcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
In the last World Cup in 2015, South Africa made it to the semi-finals, but were eliminated by New Zealand off the penultimate ball of the match.
Given how close South Africa were to reaching the final in 2015, Pollock feels that they could go all the way this time around.
“There is no reason why South Africa can’t win it,” he was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website. “We thought we had the formula before, but it didn’t work out. There’s no reason why this team can’t come up with the right strategy and perform at the right time and bring home the silverware.”
Pollock feels that South Africa’s best showing at a World Cup came in 1999, where they took on Australia in the semi-final.
The match ended as a tie, but Australia progressed to the final since they beat the Proteas in the Super Six stage.
“Going to the World Cup with South Africa was always special. We always had that team that had the potential to go all the way. It wasn’t like we were ever just making up the numbers,” Pollock said. “99 was probably the best performance we put in. Unfortunately, the tie in the semi-final meant we were knocked out.”
South Africa will kick off their World Cup campaign against England in the opening game of the tournament on May 30.