Proteas hope to beat World Cup ‘curse’ with new-look squad

SOUTH Africa have caused such disappointment for their fans in previous World Cups that there is a sense of relief back home that they arrive in the subcontinent as dangerous outsiders rather than favourites.
Heartbreaking semi-final exits in 1992, 1999 and 2007, as well as a shock quarter-final loss to the West Indies in 1996, when the World Cup was last held on the subcontinent, have meant expectations are not very high this time.
 South Africa’s World Cup “curse” even managed to affect them at home, when they failed to make it out of the first round of the 2003 event they hosted.
 “The pressure of being one of the favourites has eased a bit. Being under the radar helps but we are going there to win and we know we’ll have to play good cricket to do it,” coach Corrie van Zyl said.
 “Not being one of the favourites can work in our favour. There are a few new guys who no one has played against, so maybe we can pull off a few surprises,” leading all-rounder Jacques Kallis said. – Reuters
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