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Faf du Plessis hopeful that AB de Villiers' issue will spark comeback

Faf du Plessis hopeful that AB de Villiers' issue will spark comeback

The report came at a time when South Africa faced successive losses in their first three matches of the ongoing showpiece event.

South Africa have needed some much-needed good news in the ongoing World Cup where nearly everything is going against them.

West Indies were in the driving seat as South Africa slipped to 29-2, with Sheldon Cottrell taking both wickets.

"The key is the top four and one batsman going through, it's not rocket science". South Africa face Afghanistan at Cardiff on Saturday and Du Plessis admitted his team were in need of a morale-boosting win against the minnows. As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage. If we start doing that we'll gain a lot more confidence for the latter stages. It's like Test cricket. So it's those moments of mental weakness when they just get out.

"Generally when you are chasing, it always favours the team batting second", he said.

A point each does neither side any good, with both facing tricky opposition in their next matches.

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"We haven't played our best cricket so far and we need a solid performance to get the team's confidence up".

"The message is that the batters have got to step up and we haven't". They have lost three games ... but we know they have world-class players so we can't underestimate their ability. Sheldon was excellent again with the new ball. The West Indies nearly had a third wicket too but Quinton de Kock survived a big appeal on Kemar Roach's first delivery as DRS was called into play. Unfortunately with South Africa on 29/2 after 7.3 overs batting first, rain stopped play and the players never returned to the field.

The West Indies will doubtless have proved far more frustrated to be halted by the weather, especially in light of their aggressive start having won the toss.

"Like I said, it's the weather". Honestly, it's not over until we lose another match.

We don't mind giving away runs. "We are hoping he pulls up alright. [Three in three] would have probably been happy with that at the start of the tournament", he added.

He rested due to concussion symptoms for the game against Bangladesh, but then could only make a pair of 6s against India and the West Indies in Southampton.