Faf: Proteas have mental problems at World Cups

Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - It seems as if the Proteas' mantra of 'courageous cricket' is here to stay.

Speaking to the ICC website, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis indicated that "courage" is the way he wants his team to play at next year's World Cup in England in the hope of ending their nightmare at the cricketing showpiece.

South Africa have not progressed past the semi-final in seven attempts and have been knocked out in the last four on a number of occasions. 

"For me, you can see in the current group there is some young, courageous players in there," Du Plessis told the ICC's website.

"I believe that is the way we'll win the World Cup; to really go there without all the baggage and go 'these are the most talented and courageous cricketers' and play a style of cricket that doesn't limit us from being so mentally challenged by going to a World Cup every time."

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Du Plessis acknowledges that the mental aspect is certainly incredibly important, and its an area the Proteas have fallen down on before at the tournament.

"Let's be honest, that's probably the only hurdle we haven't overcome is the mental aspect of it. We've always been skillfully right up there, just lacking in crucial aspects of the game. That's why my message is to free players up mentally, try get them to a space where they're not fearing failing," said the Proteas skipper.

"I've been involved in two World Cups now where we've tried two different approaches, from leading up to the tournament and a mental approach. I certainly have seen the good, the benefits, and bad from both of them."

The Proteas kick off their 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign against hosts England on May 30.

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