Cricket: South Africa betting predictions, odds for ICC World Cup
South Africa is at seemingly attractive odds around $13 with bookmakers for the 2019 ICC World Cup.
On face value the Proteas are a rock-solid side with experience in the top order, classy and quick bowlers and a match-winner in dashing wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
But not too many pundits are predicting a World Cup win for South Africa and neither is the World Gambling List, mainly because of question marks over their front-line bowlers.
Pacemen Kagiso Rabada (back), Lungi Ngidi (side strain) and Dale Steyn (shoulder) have all struggled to recover from injury, while spinner Imran Tahir may not be suited by the conditions. They could end up calling on a lot if inexperienced players to step up.
The WGL has taken a look at the 10 teams competing and in the lead-up to the ODI World Cup starting on May 30, we will give our predictions about each team, as well as look at options in some of the many betting markets available.
Hosts England and powerhouse India head betting to win the 2019 ICC World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14.
Where South Africa will finish in the 2019 World Cup
WGL prediction: Sixth. There is no doubt the Proteas are capable of going deep into the tournament, but they will need everything to go right. They have a history of reaching the semi-finals but have never been able to take the next step and reach the final.
South Africa’s World Cup draw
May 30: England v South Africa, The Oval, London
June 2: South Africa v Bangladesh, The Oval, London
June 5: South Africa v India, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 10: South Africa v Windies, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 15: South Africa v Afghanistan, Cardiff Wales Stadium
June 19: New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 23: Pakistan v South Africa, Lord’s, London
June 28: Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford, Manchester (d/n)
South Africa squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup
Coach: Ottis Gibson
Faf du Plessis (captain)
Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper)
Rassie van der Dussen
Leading wicket-taker predictions for South Africa
As mentioned above, we won’t be backing any of the Proteas bowlers to take the most wickets in this tournament, given the question marks over their fitness. Kagiso Rabada has claims on being the best bowler in the world and is well in betting for leading wicket-taker, and if he plays all the matches he could well go close. But we would rather not take the rise. If anything, the emerging Andile Phehlukwayo may be worth a small investment to be the leading wicket-taker for South Africa at around $7.50.
Leading run-scorer tips for South Africa
Again there are a few question marks here with a couple of players out of form, but that’s not something you can say about dasher Quinton de Kock, who had a wonderful tournament in the recent IPL. The left-hander is rated by many as the best keeper-batsman in the world, and he averages north of 45 in one-day internationals. He is around $17 to top the charts for the entire tournament, and a skinny $3.25 to be his team’s leading run-scorer. He will have stiff competition from teammate and captain Faf du Plessis, a world-class player whose average is even better than de Kock’s.
South Africa prediction – Can the Proteas break the hoodoo?
We are tipping that they will not make the semi-finals in England and Wales. They need too many things to go right, including batting ace Hashim Amla to return to his best form and the bowlers to all get through unscathed. We have no knock on the always competitive South Africans, just that we feel teams such as India, England and Australia will have their measure.
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