London — You might not think SA have much in common with Australia in World Cup terms‚ but they do this time. Famously‚ the Aussies have won five of the 11 tournaments yet held. Infamously‚ SA have yet to break their duck — despite turning up with one of the strongest squads more often than not. But both of them will turn up in England in May without a back-up wicketkeeper. Quinton de Kock is the only specialist stumper in SA’s squad‚ as is Alex Carey in Australia’s. And that’s worrying Ian Healy‚ who told Fox Sports: “I still worry about a warm-up incident‚ if Carey goes down in warm-ups or in the first 10 overs….” Healy had hoped Peter Handscomb‚ who has been behind the stumps in 94 of his 375 games going back to his under-17 days‚ would be in the squad and be able to serve as Carey’s understudy. But despite scoring a century and three half-centuries in his 12 ODIs in 2019‚ Handscomb lost out on a place in the squad to Steve Smith‚ who has returned from his ball-tampering ban. “I ...

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