Ahead of the Proteas first match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Africa Melane and Azania Mosaka spoke to resident sports expert Mark Lewis as well as cricket expert and PhD student in Exercise Science, Habib Noorbhai.
Noorbhai says this year is the next best chance that South Africa has to lift the trophy since our semi-final loss in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. He also says that the Proteas stand a better chance against Zimbabwe, if we win the coin toss and bat first; in the third match of the tournament at Seddon park in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Noorbhai shared some interesting thoughts on the psychological preparation of our national team and its leadership.
I think a hallmark event like this requires a lot of mental conditioning and for a team to be mentally prepared. But I think coming four years down the line; South Africa would have put their preparations in place in order to sustain themselves in a world cup like this. I think we’re fortunate to have a lot of the senior players within the team who have the temperament; and their calm demeanor is a good influence on the other young guys.
Listen to the full conversation below:
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