South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is expected to return for today’s must-win Cricket World Cup game against New Zealand at Edgbaston after passing a fitness test. The 23-year-old limped off with a hamstring injury as South Africa lost to Bangladesh on June 2. He has missed three matches since but after being put through his paces on Monday he told reporters he was raring to go. Im match fit at 100%. I went as hard as I could go in my test, at match intensity, he said.
Defeat in their first three matches, followed by a washed out contest against the West Indies, hurt South Africa’s chances of advancing but an easy win over Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday gave them a glimmer of hope.
The pitch dictates what lengths to bowl and with the covers on the pitch for the last few days, the ball will probably nip around and swing a bit, so naturally you will bowl a fuller length
Ngidi will boost a pace attack that was handed a blow before the start of the tournament when Dale Steyn dropped out because of injury. Ngidi will likely open with Kagiso Rabada.
Theres no way we were not going to bowl short balls, but we need to hit our lengths very well, test the batsmens techniques, thats what were good at and if we stick to that then we will do as well as were expected to,” he said. The pitch dictates what lengths to bowl and with the covers on the pitch for the last few days, the ball will probably nip around and swing a bit, so naturally you will bowl a fuller length.”
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.
South Africa: Francois du Plessis (Captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi.