“Make our nation proud.” That was the rallying call from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday in wishing the Proteas all the best for the Cricket World Cup.
South Africa take on England at The Oval in London on Thursday in the opening match of the tournament.
Faf du Plessis’ team are hoping to turn around a history of disappointment at the sport’s ultimate event, having reached the semi-finals on four occasions since 1992.
Du Plessis said on Wednesday that his team are underdogs heading into the opening match.
“We have a very strong and formidable cricket team, and we hope they will continue to fly the South African flag high,” Ramaphosa said.