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Cricket World Cup briefing: Trent aims to end Proteas Cup dreams

TRENT BOULT accepts New Zealand will face a South Africa side in ‘must-win’ mode at Edgbaston today.

The unbeaten Black Caps will go top of the table if they defeat the Proteas.

But South Africa, with just one win from five games and only three points, cannot afford another setback to their hopes of a top-four finish and semi-final place. ‘It’s a must-win in their tournament,’ admitted New Zealand seamer Boult (pictured).

‘There have always been exciting games between us over the past World Cups, and the last time we met in 2015 — the semi-final at Eden Park (when his team won by four wickets) — was one of the greatest games the Kiwis have played. It was a cool one to be a part of.’

■ QUINTON DE KOCK has billed South Africa’s Birmingham clash against New Zealand today as a World Cup quarter-final. The Proteas have won just once so far and wicketkeeper De Kock said: ‘We’re going to have to go out there, keep our heads steady and play freely. Tomorrow is a quarter-final, I guess you could say, but we have to win all the games, not just focus on tomorrow. ‘We know how good New Zealand are playing at the moment.