They have experienced names in their ranks like Dale Steyn, captain Faf du Plessis, who played a fine innings against Lanka in a warm-up game, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, who was in good touch for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019, Imran Tahir, the top wicket taker in the IPL 2019 while playing for Chennai Super Kings, the young and explosive Aiden Markram, Jean Paul Duminy and David Miller. All of them are match winners on their day and the Africans should be placing high hopes on them. And they have two really good bowlers in Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi - fast and accurate.
In a bizarre way, their strength is their weakness. Batsmen like Amla, Duminy and Miller have been struggling for form of late and that can add some more pressure on Du Plessis and De Kock, two in-form players. Their strike bowlers Steyn, Rabada and Ngidi are coming back after respective injuries and the Proteas will hope that they keep their fitness through the tournament.
3. Key Man 1: Quinton de Kock
The left-handed opener has been good touch in the last few months and the Rainbow Nation will require some power knocks from him in England. Early signs tell us that the pitches in England are quite barren and there could be some run fests, making the role of an in-form QDK all the more important.
4. Key Man 2: Kagiso Rabada
The nature of pitches in England bring back the spotlight on bowlers and Rabada can bowl some really quick yorkers as he has shown in the IPL 2019 and the Africans will be hoping for an encore from him in England. He bowled 7 overs against Lanka in a warm-up match without much discomfort and a fit and firing Rabada is a must for Proteas.
They may be struggling a bit at the moment. But along with India, Australia, England, they should be able to enter the last four stage. They have the experience for that.