Faf du Plessis feared truncated game would've helped West Indies more


"The horse is out of the shed, if that's the right wording", said du Plessis.

South Africa took on West Indies in Southampton, but it was rain that prevailed, with the match being abandoned at 4:15 pm, almost six hours after rain had first arrived.

West Indies now have three points from three games.

Unfortunately with South Africa on 29/2 after 7.3 overs batting first, rain stopped play and the players never returned to the field.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa in their World Cup match here on Monday.

The two teams share a point each though one feels neither captain will be entirely satisfied with that. This comes after news broke about AB de Villiers wanting to come out of retirement and play in the World Cup. "So as it got a bit later in the day, then you'd rather get the point and go".

Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the rain washed out the tie against West Indies, the 34-year-old said: "It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced".

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"Even with, around in my mind, when I was looking at 30, 35 overs, I was still feeling like if we get a score of 200, or 200-plus, I do feel there was enough in that wicket with our bowling attack, especially when playing Beuran today as well, an extra seamer".

"It's as simple as, we are in this position because we haven't played our best cricket so we don't deserve to be anywhere close to the top of the log", he said.

The group stage format is a round robin, where all ten teams play each other once, in a single group. "We kind of made some mistakes at key points in the game and it happens in cricket, but you learn from it".

"And luckily for us today there wasn't a lot of cricket so we can throw him straight into the next game".

"It is too far away", du Plessis said.

They may, perhaps, take some heart from history: Pakistan's cup-winning campaign in 1992 started in similarly disastrous circumstances, with three losses and a no-result in their first five games. 'It's simple. We need to be more consistent and more solid.