EMERGING HERO: Perhaps their greatest weakness in all forms of cricket has been the struggle to find a secure opening partner for Gary Kirsten. Herschelle Gibbs appears to have ended the search. He has made his mark in Tests with a double century and this tournament could see him reach maturity as a brutally appealing batsman in the first 15 overs.
ACHILLES' HEEL: All is not as cosy as it might seem in the camp. There are divisions and debate at home about the make-up of the side which only winning will dissipate. That need may overwhelm them.
HISTORICAL POINT: In their first World Cup in 1992 they appeared in one of the tournament's most controversial matches when, after a brief rain interruption, the scoring system meant they went from needing 22 off 13 balls to needing 21 off one against England in the semi-final. They failed.
SILLY POINT: South Africa might never have won the World Cup but they have the best record a win ratio of 66.6 per cent.
RECORD: 1992 semi-final; 1996 quarter-final.
SQUAD: W J Cronje (capt), S M Pollock, D M Benkenstein, N Boje, M V Boucher, D N Crookes, D J Cullinan, A A Donald, S Elworthy, H H Gibbs, J H Kallis, G Kirsten, L Klusener, A C Dawson, J N Rhodes.
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