BIRMINGHAM: Quinton de Kock has informed his South Africa teammates to maintain their heads once they face New Zealand in a must-win World Cup match on Wednesday.
South Africa’s hopes of constructing the semi-finals would successfully be over in the event that they lose at Edgbaston after a wretched begin to the event.
Defeats to England, Bangladesh and India have left South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock billing the New Zealand match as a “quarter-final”.
A nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan on Saturday was their first win on this World Cup in England and Wales.
The Proteas can’t afford any extra slip-ups of their remaining video games towards New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia if they’re to take care of slender hopes of a semi-final berth.
De Kock admits South Africa’s possibilities of avoiding an embarrassingly early elimination shall be wrecked if they don’t deal with the stress of taking part in in a do-or-die scenario.
“Clearly it’s an enormous recreation for us however, in saying that, our subsequent three or 4 video games that now we have, they’re all going to be massive video games for us for the remainder of the event,” he mentioned.
“We’re simply going to need to go on the market, preserve our heads regular and play freely.
“Tomorrow is a quarter-final, I suppose you may say it, but when we do win it, then it’s one other massive recreation once more.
“We have now to win all of the video games, not simply give attention to tomorrow. However in saying that, we all know how good New Zealand are taking part in in the intervening time. They’re an enormous crew in World Cups. They all the time appear to step up.”
Unbeaten New Zealand are favourites to push South Africa in the direction of the World Cup exit door and De Kock admits morale amongst Faf Du Plessis’s squad has not been as excessive as he would love.
However he hopes the great victory towards minnows Afghanistan will present a much-needed spark within the nick of time.
“I believe earlier than our first recreation that we performed towards England, we have been in a reasonably good house additionally then, mentally and with our preparation,” he mentioned.
“Then clearly, through the course of the event, clearly after dropping on a regular basis, there’s all the time a little bit of a droop in being mentally robust.
“Getting a win once more has given us excessive hopes. It simply turns into a psychological recreation at a World Cup, attempting to take care of all of the pressures and stuff.
“We’ve put plenty of emphasis on our vitality going into the video games, and the scenario we’re in proper now, our vitality must be higher than ever.”