Scoring the Proteas’ performance out of 10

2015-03-29 06:00

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After the Proteas’ four-wicket loss to New Zealand in the semifinal of the cricket World Cup, Eduan Roos measures them up

AB de Villiers 9

Finished the tournament as one of the top run scorers, was a (surprisingly successful) bowler, inspiring leader and great crowd-pleaser. If any player deserved to win the World Cup, it was De Villiers.

.?Hashim Amla 5

One of the key players who was a disappointment. With the exception of more than 150 runs against Ireland, Amla never really got going and had an average of just more than 24 runs in the seven other games.

.?Quinton de Kock 2

Along with Dale Steyn, he was the biggest disappointment of the Proteas. This opening batsman managed a total of only 145 runs in eight innings and often put the team under pressure. He also missed a run-out opportunity in the semifinal.

.?Faf du Plessis 8

Can feel satisfied with his century and three 50s, but could have done more. He was the best fielder in the team and De Villiers could rely on him to keep a cool head under pressure.

.?Rilee Rossouw 6

Showed great promise and looked like a world-class batsman – especially against the West Indies and Ireland. However, his patience let him down in a few key games. Consistently excellent as a fielder.

.?David Miller 7

At times as devastating as De Villiers and showed he could play a long innings with his century in the first game. Failed in the run chase against Pakistan, but will wear the green and gold for a long time to come.

.?JP Duminy 6

He is either excellent or poor and also missed two games because of a muscle strain. He was brilliant with his century against Zimbabwe and his hat-trick against Sri Lanka, but he did not provide the solution as the team’s fifth bowler.

.?Vernon Philander 3

An early hamstring injury did not allow his game to take off. On batsman-friendly pitches, he was an easy target, and the gamble of including him in the starting line-up went badly wrong in the semifinal against New Zealand.

.?Dale Steyn 4

Although his 11 wickets in eight games does not sound too bad, more was expected from him. He rarely swung the ball and was inconsistent. Is the end of his one-day career in sight?

.?Morné Morkel 8

A revelation for the Proteas and took over the mantle as the leader of the bowling attack from Steyn. South Africa’s leading wicket taker (17), he did not have one bad game in what was probably his last World Cup.

.?Imran Tahir 8

The leg spinner again underlined his value to South African cricket and how much he will be missed when he hangs up his boots. He took 15 wickets and consistently achieved important breakthroughs in the middle overs.

.?Kyle Abbott 7

The selectors played fast and loose with this KwaZulu-Natal seamer, which probably cost the Proteas a place in the final. He hardly put a foot wrong when he had a chance to play – and impressed, especially with the consistent line and length of his bowling.

.?Farhaan Behardien 4

A surprise inclusion ahead of the more experienced Ryan McLaren. With the exception of his brilliant innings against the United Arab Emirates, Behardien did not do enough to justify his selection. Missed a decisive catch against the Black Caps.

.?Wayne Parnell 2

Had a nightmare match against India and was dropped. This versatile Eastern Cape cricketer could become an important player for the Proteas, but needs a season or so of first-class cricket to sort out his problems.

.?Aaron Phangiso 0

Did not get a chance to play and often looked like a frustrated member of the touring party. An extra all-rounder or even a second wicket-keeper would have been a far more sensible choice.

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