The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is just around the corner and we can already feel the buzz. South Africa have a long and successful history in the sport, but their form of the past ten years has slipped below their high standards.
South African fans have been left scratching their heads a little. Inconsistency and internal politics have dogged the national set-up, and there are very few real stars coming off the conveyer belt. With so many teams in contention, what are South Africa’s chances?
What’s in this Guide?
South Africa T20 World Cup preview
South Africa will play their first World Cup match against Australia on October 23. So, not the easiest of starts for the Proteas. They will then take on the West Indies in Dubai before two games against the A1 qualifier (October 30) and the B2 qualifier (November 2). The last game in the round stages will come against old foes England on November 6 in Sharjah
When you look at these fixtures we start to think that South Africa could be in for a very tough tournament. Even though they sit 5th on the official International Cricket Council standings, they haven’t played a great deal of cricket since the coronavirus outbreak.
They will be hoping that a decent series against Sri Lanka before the World Cup will put them in the type of form needed to perform well in their group. This series will also give the players a chance to play on surfaces akin to those in the United Arab Emirates.
Men’s T20 World Cup fixtures
Check out all of South Africa’s upcoming T20 World Cup fixtures here. Once group games are over, all finals fixtures will be added to the table below.
|Australia vs South Africa (Abu Dhabi)||October 23||Foxtel / Kayo|
|West Indies vs South Africa (Dubai)||October 26||Foxtel / Kayo|
|South Africa vs A1 (Sharjah)||October 30||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Australia vs B2 (Dubai)||November 4||Foxtel / Kayo|
|England vs South Africa (Sharjah)||November 6||Foxtel / Kayo|
Which providers will show South Africa World Cup matches?
You can watch and stream the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 exclusively in Australia via Fox Cricket (Fox Sports). Fox Cricket can be accessed with a limited number of sports streaming providers. Check them out in the table below.
|Provider||SA World Cup Games|
How to watch T20 World Cup 2021
If you enjoy live cricket action then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every World Cup game Live and On Demand in HD. There are several options for watching and streaming games at home or with a mobile device. You can even check these providers out for free.
Stream South Africa games with Kayo Sports
You can watch South Africa in the T20 tournament with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same World Cup broadcasts as Fox Cricket so you can stream all Proteas games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
Stream Cricket with Kayo Sports
Watch 2021 T20 World Cup games, Big Bash League, IPL and more Live and On Demand with a Kayo Sports Free Trial!
Watch SA T20 games with Foxtel
Fox Cricket can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more.
You also have the option to watch South African cricket online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10 day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream World Cup games using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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South Africa squad
The South Africa squad is mixed with experience and youth, marking a new era for the team. Check out their provisional T20 squad here.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Faf du Plessis, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Van Biljon, George Linde, Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassi Van Der Dussen, David Miller
South Africa strengths
The Proteas may be up against it in many critical eyes, but they do pose some real strengths that could cause a few upsets. Here we take a closer look at them.
World Class batsman
South African batters are global T20 cricket players, taking part in tournaments like the IPL and BBL. Names like Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen are the backbone of the team.
Tabraiz Shamsi is all around the news for his inclusion in Rajasthan Royals. Why? Because he is the number one T20 bowler in the world. With the support of Rabada, Nortje, and Ngidi, the Proteas possess a balanced bowling attack, but not necessarily a fearful one. Keeping this lot fit will be key.
The UAE exposure
Right before T20 World Cup 2021, most players from the Proteas will play the IPL. This year the second coming of the Indian T20 tournament will take place in UAE, due to coronavirus concerns in India. This will expose plenty of Proteas players to the exact same conditions they will face in the World Cup. But then again, the same can be said for most teams that have players involved in the competition
So, players like Quinton de Kock, du Plessis, Ngidi, Tahir, Rabada, Shamsi will have the chance to play on tracks like Abu Dhabi. This exposure will prove very handy.
What does the South African team lack?
Weakness is a term often associated with South African cricket at the moment. They often have a balanced squad but end up losing in the qualifier and final stages. The Proteas needs to address the following issues to win the upcoming tournament.
Of late, South Africa has been one of the most inconsistent sides in T20 cricket. Sides like New Zealand, India, and England have surpassed Proteas comfortably in the past few years. So if they want to reach the semi-finals and beyond, they need to focus on their consistency. In one game they will perform superbly, and the next they fall to pieces.
Recently, Rabada, one of the best bowlers in the game, has lost his rhythm. So, the death overs might pose some issues for South Africa. Sides like West Indies, India, and England have lethal finishers. So, it will be interesting to see how the Proteas bowls when the pressure ramps up.
Apart from du Plessis, de Kock, and Miller, other batsmen don’t have a whole lot of T20 experience. So, other teams will definitely be targeting their middle order. The unit needs depth to do well in this ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
How far can the Proteas go?
So, how far can South Africa go in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup? With Australia, England, and the West Indies in their group, the Proteas are in a real tight spot.
Clearing the first round will be a daunting task for the 5th ranked T20 side. Hence, it will be an uphill battle for them to get through to the semi-final round.
Other T20 World Cup teams
The upcoming ICC World Cup is about much more than one team. Check out our other dedicated team pages here.
Stream cricket on your favourite device
Here are some of the best devices to use when streaming sport on your home TV and mobile device.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)