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Stephen Cook backs Proteas for World Cup win

Cook says South Africa have what it takes to clinch their maiden World Cup trophy.

FILE: South Africa’s Hashim Amla and teammate Faf du Plessis celebrate their combined century during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and South Africa in Canberra on 3 March, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas are on the verge of qualifying in second place behind India in Pool B at the Cricket World Cup and could possibly face 1996 champions Sri Lanka in the quarter finals.

With two losses so far, to India and Pakistan, questions have been asked about the team's capabilities to go all the way in the competition.

Opening batsman Quinton de Kock has come under heavy criticism for his poor performance so far.

Bizhub Highveld Lions captain and de Kock's captain Stephen Cook believes the young opener will turn the corner soon.

"I think Quinton has always done the job. I certainly have faith in him and he's not going to be like this for any longer. He's just having one of patches where you get one or two good deliveries and all of a sudden people start pointing you out."

He believes the match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should be fairly easy for the South Africans.

"I think we should win the UAE game. Obviously small nations have caused few upsets but I'm sure we will get over the line against them and perhaps in that game is an opportunity for Quinton to maybe get some form going."

Cook says skipper AB de Villiers can't carry the team through the tournament alone and it will only be through the concerted efforts and team work that the team can win.

"I think it's obvious that it's a team effort. We certainly can't pin our hopes on one player, especially when have got some world class players like, Steyn, Amla and Du Plessis, those sort of guys around the team.

"It's not like we are a one man team, we certainly got a number of world class players, who are in top clubs in the world."

He says South Africa have what it takes to clinch their maiden World Cup trophy.

"I think we going to win the World Cup. I really don't want to read anything into these group stages. I think all we had to do was to qualify, it doesn't matter whether third or fourth. We can beat Sri Lanka, beat Australia and India. I think we've got a good fight to win three in a row."

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