South Africa have failed to register a single game in their first four matches of the tournament
South African captains have long come to accept that like any nice suit, the World Cup and pressure come together as a two-piece set. But even by that crazy standard, Faf du Plessis has had to endure a campaign far removed from any of those his predecessors led.
The Proteas, who last lost four ODIs in a row in 2008, were in danger of matching that feat inside the first 10 days of this tournament under du Plessis. Add to that injuries to two fast bowlers, news leak of his best friend offering to come out of retirement in the 11th hour before squad selection, the persistent rainfall cancelling practice sessions - du Plessis could be forgiven for believing that the all the dark clouds of the UK were hovering just above him. "We have to try and make sure that we put all of our focus and energy into the now and what's coming next. I truly believe if we carry the ghosts of last week, then it's going to be tough to get out of the hole." - FAf Du Plessis makes no bones about what he wants from his team heading into the final-five games of the team's league stages.