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South Africa should use England’s blueprint for World Cup recovery : Jacques Kallis

South Africa should use England’s blueprint for World Cup recovery : Jacques Kallis

Dubai, Jun 24 (UNI) South Africa need to take inspiration from England as they rebuild

their team for the next ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, according to former South Africa's

Test and ODI captain Jacques Kallis.

Four years ago, England were perhaps one of the lowest ranked teams in the world

after really struggling at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Kallis said in his

Exclusive Column.

However, they used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their

team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket, he said.

Kallis said England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me,

South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need

to attack each match with much more positivity going forward, an ICC report said.

"You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin

Morgan, as they were four years ago," he said.

"Some will demand everything is changed but a total clean out is just not the way

ahead, we need to be more considered and thoughtful," Kallis said.

He said the first thing that needs to be looked at is the brand of cricket South Africa

are playing and all the players will want to be part of that conversation.

"In my career I always improved after a setback, that’s sport. It’s human nature to

want to learn when things don’t go according to plan," Kallis said.

"There will need to be some honest conversations and they will need to trust each

other. However, you cannot keep chopping and changing a team and I don’t think

they will," he said.

Kallis said South Africa have some great young players in their 20s (Kagiso Rabada,

24, Lungi Ngidi, 23, Andile Phehlukwayo,23, and Aiden Markram, 24) and they can be

the foundation for the future.

"What those guys have been through at this World Cup will be invaluable and the

process starts with them and hard work begins with the very next series," the former

South Africa captain said.

"England are proof how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you

have the right approach," he added.

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