Proteas taking no baggage into semifinals

2015 World Cup

South Africa batsman David Miller believes that performances at past World Cups will not affect the current crop of players as they head into their semi-final showdown with co-hosts New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday.

The Proteas won their first knock-out match at a global tournament when they beat Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals in Sydney. It was seen a massive weight that was lifted off the shoulders of the players as they try to get rid of the 'choker' tag.

Miller says the 15-man Protea squad that is at the showpiece event has younger players in the team that do not carry the baggage of past World Cups.

The 25 year-old Miller said: "I think this team there are a lot of fresh guys in the side, young guys as well who haven't been to World Cups before so I think we don't have a lot of baggage behind us.

"We're feeling pretty fresh, playing good cricket and guys are coming right at the right time. I'm really excited for Tuesday's game."

"I think we've got a game plan over the last year and a half, two years and it's just about sticking to things and everyone coming through at the right times when the team needs them to do that."