South Africa’s Predicted XI for tournament opener against England

South Africa's Dale Steyn takes part in a training session ahead of their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against England at The Oval in London on May 28. — AFP

Dale Steyn to miss South Africa's World Cup opener against England

South African paceman Dale Steyn has been ruled out of Thursday's World Cup opener against England, with the Proteas coach Ottis Gibson saying the pace great is "getting closer" to full recovery from a shoulder injury. He won't be available for the first game. As the world is putting England as the favourites, South Africa could well be the dark horse and fly under the radar. On the other hand, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler have been among the runs which will give the host an advantage over South Africa. "We all have that belief and confidence we can do it", added Rashid, whose ability to take wickets at key stages has also been an important part of England's white-ball revival. Both the sides will look to get off to a winnings start in this long tournament.

Gibson's words left no doubts that the 35-year-old, South Africa's highest wicket-taker in Tests, has still not gained match fitness. "As far as they are concerned England have won it already", he said.

"With a six-week tournament there's no real need to force the issue".

And there you go.

South Africa, captained by Faf du Plessis, are without retired star batsman AB de Villiers but their top order includes the talented Quinton de Kock.

Steyn has not bowled in a game yet in England.

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