Poor performance in MSL won’t cost players World Cup places‚ says Du Plessis

“We have an idea of probably 12 or 13 guys who are locked into that squad‚” Du Plessis said.

“But you always have to leave room for guys who come in and shoot the lights out with red-hot form.”

Might that work in reverse? Could someone who is among the all but chosen “12 or 13” play himself out of the reckoning for the final 15 with a poor performance in the MSL?

Spoiler alert: herewith a reality check.

“Not if he’s in the plans‚” Du Plessis said.

“There’s an intense heat to international cricket‚ and in a perfect world you’d always like your international players to come down [to domestic level] and perform.

“But we’ve been working a very long time to make sure we’re getting our combinations right‚ and it would be wrong to doubt that over a T20 tournament.

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