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Proteas' World Cup quest now even tougher with pool opponents confirmed

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The Proteas celebrate a wicket. (Photo by Isuru Sameera/Gallo Images)

On Friday, the Super 12 groups of the T20 World Cup were confirmed and the Proteas are facing a tougher task in order to secure the elusive title.

Qualifiers Bangladesh and Sri Lanka join England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies and Bangladesh in Group 1 of the Super 12s - in what is now considered to be the group of death.

Sri Lanka, coached by former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur, moved into the Super 12 stage with three wins and top of their pool.

Bangladesh, coached by former SA coach Russell Domingo, bounced back from an opening loss against Scotland to register two convincing wins and finish second in their pool stage.

The Proteas kick-start the T20 World Cup Super 12s when they face Australia on Saturday at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Temba Bavuma's charges will need to spark in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if they are ever to improve their World Cup record.

South Africa are playing a more inexperienced squad, with only three players in their 15-man squad playing previously in a T20 World Cup - David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.

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South Africa has never contested a World Cup final - their only title is in 1998 at the ICC Knockout (now known as the Champions Trophy).

Unwittingly or not, they are widely known for their misfortunes at ICC events, and at the T20 World Cup, it's no different as the side lost in two semi-finals - 2009 against Pakistan and 2014 against India.

Play on Saturday starts at 12:00 SA time.

Super 12 groups:

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, Scotland 

Proteas T20 World Cup fixtures (All SA times):

23 October - Australia v South Africa, Abu Dhabi (12:00)

26 October - South Africa v West Indies, Dubai (12:00)

30 October - South Africa v Sri Lanka, Sharjah (12:00)

2 November - South Africa v Bangladesh, Abu Dhabi (12:00)

6 November - England v South Africa, Sharjah (16:00)

10 November - Semi-final 1 (A1 v B2), Abu Dhabi (16:00)

11 November - Semi-final 2 (B1 v A2), Dubai (16:00)

14 November - Final, Dubai (16:00)

Proteas T20 World Cup squad

Temba Bavuma (captain, Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper, Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Wiaan Mulder (Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions)

Travelling reserves: Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), George Linde (Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Titans)

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