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Kleinveldt included in South Africa's Test squad

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October 10, 2012

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Rory Kleinveldt dismisses Kevin Pietersen for a first-ball duck, England v South Africa, ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Barbados, April 29, 2010
Rory Kleinveldt has taken the place of Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the Test squad © Getty Images
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South Africa have largely retained the Test squad that triumphed in England for the three-match series in Australia, which starts in November.

One of the few changes was bringing in Rory Kleinveldt, the Cape Cobras allrounder, for fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe as back-up to the first-choice seam attack. Another allrounder, Albie Morkel, has been left out, as has 21-year-old fast bowler Marchant de Lange.

Kleinveldt has played a couple of Twenty20s for South Africa, and was in line for an ODI debut against Sri Lanka earlier this year but missed out due to injury. He hit the headlines last March when he admitted to using marijuana.

"It is tough luck for Lopsy (Lonwabo Tsotsobe) to miss out but we just feel that Rory's ability to hit the deck hard will give us a valuable option, particularly at Brisbane and Perth," convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson said. "He also adds batting depth to the lower order. The fact that he finished second on last season's four-day bowling averages behind only Vernon Philander speaks for itself and he continued his form for the South Africa A side at home to Sri Lanka and away in Ireland."

Thami Tsolekile, another member of the A squad in the series against Sri Lanka, has also been picked. He is still waiting to add to the three Test caps he earned in 2004. He was reserve wicketkeeper on the England tour, but AB de Villiers donned the gloves in all three Tests.

De Villiers, however, has picked up a back injury and needs three weeks to recover, and given his importance to South Africa in all three formats, there could be a rethink on whether he will continue as Test keeper. "Thami Tsolekile will again be our back-up wicketkeeper and provide cover for AB in the event of injury or if the tour selectors decide to lighten his workload."

The squad will leave for Australia on October 27, except the players who are still involved in the Champions League T20.

Squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robbie Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile

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Posted by Hammond on (October 13, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

@Trapper439- congrats mate, finally a fellow Aussie with a reasonable point of view. I will say that if Ponting actually fires then this could be closer than what I have been spruiking. But it would a brave man who would bet on that.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (October 12, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Do the selectors really believe that Thami Tsolekile is a better choice than Dane Vilas,Morne Van Wyk or Heino Kuhn.Rory Kleinveldt is a good selection though Lonwabo Tsotsobe didn't actually do anything wrong.

Posted by therealutopianindigent on (October 12, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

The Protea squad contains one pace bowler too few for this gruelling tour and the batting looks a little brittle. Another Kallis would solve it all but there is only One. If Steyn or Morkel breaks down like ABDV it's a crisis and if Kallis-Amla fails (as in the T20) then it's down to the bowlers and Rudolph. Fortunately it's not the strongest Aussie squad in history either but they have the home advantage.

Tsolekile is a fine keeper but is getting old for a stand-in and is not yet a proven batsman at this level. With him in, SA will be a batsman short definitely.

The battle between Kallis and Watson will be awesome, a real treat for the pundits.

Posted by SICHO on (October 11, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

@Marcio- just because England and South Africa are regarded as "seaming & swinging" that doesn't it happens for full five days, no. New Zealand conditions aren't the same as Eng's and SA's, in NZ the ball(new one) moves for the first 20-25 overs the rest require the bowler's skill to take wickets and I believe Philander has that skill. Besides the Aus batting line-up isn't entirely the "strongest", so he will pick up wickets. Remember The Wanderers on day 4 and 5(against Aus last year)? The ball wasn't moving and yet he claimed a five-for.

Posted by Trapper439 on (October 11, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

@jonesy2: You must be kidding. I'm a fellow Aussie, but your claims are wildly unrealistic. Watson is far from the best all-rounder in the world. Ponting (who I still believe deserves a spot in the team simply because none of our young batsmen have yet stepped up to take his place) will not be dominant. Warner is inconsistent and Watson never goes on to make a big score. This isn't going to be "the biggest test series to be played for a long long time". Not even close. IMHO it's going to be closer than a lot of people think, but it's not something that the neutral fans would be salivating over. Personally, I'll be happy if Steyn and Philander don't annihilate us and we win a Test. The first session of the series in Brisbane will be crucial. I can easily imagine our weak batting lineup getting destroyed before lunch on that first day, setting the tone for a(nother) really painful series for us Aussie fans.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 11, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Will SA make ABD keep wickets to lend more balance to the team or will bring in Tsolekile and protect ABD the batter? That would be a vital decision to make. And, if ABD gets injured, things will get even worse.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (October 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

@jonesy2-"Watson is the greatest allrounder at the moment", LMAO,I have just lost respect for your comments mate. Kallis is the best the is and the best that has ever graced the international cricketing stage.By playing Tsolekile SA would be shooting themselves in the foot like they have done for the past 4 years by playing Boucher(who was very good with the gloves but mediocre with the bat) in the test arena, when with a keeper who is reliable with the bat, SA could have stayed at no.1 as from 2009. To get and stay at the top you need a keeper who can bat e.g.Gilchrist,Dhoni,Prior just as much as need a good top order and batting line up.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (October 11, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Prepare for a pumping Aussies! :)

Posted by Meety on (October 11, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@Chris_P on (October 10 2012, 15:16 PM GMT) - I agree 100% re: AB. I am glad he is keeping wicket, this IMO, is an example of why the Saffas haven't dominated cricket since readmission - they are too defensive. Smith using Tahir is a positive step, but the Saffas only seem happy if they can bat deep, AB fluffed a chance or two v England & his career record in Tests is poor when keeping wickets. I think it's a big mistake & expect him to be out played by Wade(?).

Posted by Marcio on (October 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@SICHO, "If the likes of Siddle succeed in Aus, so will Philander." I'm afarid this is an inapproprate comparison. Philander is 10-15 km/hr slower than Siddle, and they get wickets in entirely different ways. Philander has been incredibly fortunate to have played ALL his tests in wet, humid conditions with greenish wickets (even in SA vs AUS he was served up manufactured greentops, and the same in NZ and ENG). Perfect for him. When the Poms came to AUS two years ago it was the wettest summer recorded for 100 years, quite literally, and Anderson and Broad bowled first 4 out of 5 times on the greenest wickets ever seen here and in drizzling rain 50% of days. It's extremely unlikely that will happen again for the next 100 years. After the first day in Brisbane Philander (and only if SA are lucky enough to bowl first) will bowl on very hard, dry wickets in bright sunshine - the kind of weather Watson, Warner, Hussey and co love. All I can say is that it will be a good test for him.

Posted by ballonbat on (October 11, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Team must have specialist keeper. While Boucher was there they never questioned this policy and he wasn't exactly the world's best batsman/keeper. I'd have preferred to see Vilas, Kuhn or De Kock in the role, but since selectors have chosen Thami he must play. They would be crazy to persist with De Villiers as wickie when he is one of their main batsmen. They would then have to play Tsolelike as 12th man, because of the huge risk that AB's back problem would flare up over five days' play. And look at how poor AB's stats were on the England tour. Persisting with AB as wickie indicates selectors have little faith in a batting lineup that includes Smith, Amla, Kallis and AB! Team must be: Smith, Petersen, Amla, Kallis, AB, Duminy, Tsolekile, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir. (Kleinveldt in for Tahir perhaps at WACA.) This team will win the series. btw Jonesy2, you're having a larf. Watson himself just said that Kallis is the greatest and he can't compare. T20 isn't Test.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

AB Devliers should not keep, he is their best batsman, captain and a good fielder too. He should be given a relief. His keeping is also not that great. Please play him as a batsman.

Posted by Gordo85 on (October 11, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Well Done Rory Kleinveldt !! I have been waiting for this time for a long while. You deserve it buddy. I don't understand this about Tsolekile getting picked yet again in the squad. South Africa have said they are trying to protect him for the next time he plays Test Cricket which is all very well and nice but at some stage you need to play him or replace him with someone else. AB de Villiers shouldn't be keeping wicket again because that just shows you only specailist ones can apply for it, plus he is better out in the field taking blinding catches. Haddin is at 34 soon to be 35 so that along with performances should be enough to not let him play for Australia again now you look at South Africa with Tsolekile he is getting on in age but they still have younger ones to pick from. I wouldn't mind it though if he was better at making runs but he is Inconsistent with the bat.

Posted by ramli on (October 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@freerider1 ... ya .. we saw that in Sri lanka very recently????

Posted by BlackInWhites on (October 11, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

@ Adam.Pfeiffer Why should the selectors pick an injured DE LANGE???? In the 2011/2012 Supersport series what has DE LANGE done that Kleinveldt hasnt??? Before you critisise look at the current stats.

Posted by Freerider1 on (October 11, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

We (SA) don't talk too much. We do the talking on the field.

Posted by Kiefpant on (October 11, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

jonesy2, you must be an Ausssie, mate. No-one else could justify calling Watson the greatest allrounder on the planet. Not to mention batting fast doesn't make you great, Ponting and Hussey's form of late is a matter of record, Wade is still trying to establish himself - local runs doesn't equal international runs.

And while scheduling tests for the two fastest pitches in Aus might seem like a good idea considering the strength in the Aus pace bowling attack, you need to remember that, to put it bluntly, SA's is simply better.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

just to add to that another little advantage to aus, wade has been starring in shield and de villiers is in doubt and even if he plays he will be keeping which i thin is just insane because it compromises the performance of their best batsman who was ordinary in england against poor bowling attacks

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 11, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

BG4cricket -- top order brittle? which part? warner? the man who has the record of the fastest test ton by an opener? watson, the greatest allrounder on the planet? or ponting the second greatest run scorer on cricket history? i would say looking forward to a the biggest test series to be played for a long long time, a world title bout between the two best teams in the world. both teams with even preps, both coming off test series months ago against one inconsistent team in the windies and one just plain poor side in the poms, but probably advantage australia because ponting, clarke, pattinson, lyon, siddle, cowan are all playing shield cricket leading up to it, although im sure some of the SA players are aswell. STEVE GREGORY, seriously, seek help.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 11, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

cant understand how albie morkel gets overlooked as the 4th seamer/allrounder, it pleases me however. plus he will be in perth playing for the scorchers

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 11, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Another Fabulous Battle Coming In Australia!! AUS VS SA,SL,WI WHOOOO CRICKET NEVER ENDS!!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

comeon S.A Selectors ,plz plz plz open ur eyes atleast now..see u have crashed out of the recently concluded twenty-20 world cup..now why is this"tsolokile" in the team..he is just a very old and poor batsmen...so for heaven sake plz bring in "dekock" or"vilas",becoz i want S.A to win the series,as i had been a very die hard fan of S.A cricket and A.B ....so plz reverse ur selection,bring in dekock,kuhn.or vilas...

Posted by Percy_Fender on (October 11, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

It will be an even series but given South Africa's traditional ability to play better abroad than at home, South Africa should win. Australia has a good bowling attack but I doubt if they can match the Saffers group of pace and spin as well.So regardless of how good Australia is at home, South Africa will win. In fact Duminy will be the star again as he was the last time. It is often the case that a good player does well against particular opponents. Kleinveldt might be the surprise package with the type of bowling skills he has. Philander will do well too. For Australia Shane Watson will be the key. With Clarke and Ponting around Steyn and co will have to play at their best. It promises to be a good series.

Posted by SICHO on (October 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

BG4cricket,"I think Philander will struggle apart from Brisbane". You're reminding me of the Poms before the series started, have you watched this guy lately? Clearly you haven't. This SA's tour of Aus, nt SL or Ind. If the likes of Siddle succeed in Aus, so will Philander. Come Proteas lets beat the Kangaroos in their own den.

Posted by Adam.Pfeiffer on (October 11, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Robin Peterson and Thami Tsolekile in the Test squad? What a joke, I'm a one eyed SAFFA supporter and still can't believe these two are being included in Test squads.

What about de Kock and de Lange?

Robin Peterson is just a limited overs player, nothing more, I don't care what he's done in First Class cricket of late, Thami Tsolekile, his record speaks for itself... shouldn't even be getting a look at to be honest.

Side for 1st Test: Smith (C), Peterson, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (W), Rudolf, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir, 12th du Plessis.

Posted by Gabby53 on (October 11, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

13 more wickets and Dale Steyn will have 300 test wickets, looking forward for the 6 innings, he'll be hungry for wickets

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 11, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

As good a first XI as SA have I think the fact that most will come straight from the Champions League means they might be a little light on for Test cricket particularly as most of the Aussie attack will be playing Shield on the lead up. Australia's strength is the bowling and they have a good attack with Siddle, Hilfy, Patto and Starc in particular. I think Philander will struggle apart from Brisbane but the Aussie top order is brittle so it will be a huge battle. For mine I think all tests will get a result due to the quality of the attacks but I think the Aussies might get up 2-1.

Posted by Marcio on (October 11, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

@Steve Gregory, you are a glass 90% empty kind of guy, no? If the AUS side is so bad how did they manage to win 9 of the last 14 tests, and lose only two? What does it say about the Indian, WI, SL teams who couldn't win a test against us? Hell, we even drew the series in SA not that long ago. But now "we are going to get slaughtered", LOL. Each series begins anew. Just because SA were excellent in their last series and because we lost against Eng two years ago means nothing. Fans are always saying stuff like "We beat team X easily and team X thrashed team Y, therefore we will destroy team Y." Sorry people, it just doesn't work that way. Should be an interesting series. AUS have played 7 consecutive away series in all formats. They'll enjoy playing at home again, esp Warner, Watson, Starc, Cummins, Clarke. We actually have a decent team, IMHO. I said the same before the T20 WC, and we came equal 3rd. As I said, decent.

Posted by Shongololo on (October 10, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Another summer holiday abroad for Robin Peterson who, at best, is a capable limited overs player. He'll never get a run in the Tests unless the team is decimated by injury. Sadly, confirmation that the quota system is alive and well, despite official protestations to the contrary. As they say, actions speak louder than words, and SA actions tell the true story. I also believe the selectors missed a major opportunity to blood de Kock, who is clearly the best keeper in the country by a long chalk, despite being just 19. Good enough, old enough.

Posted by Robster1 on (October 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Does anybody think that Tsolekile is anything more than just a quota selection.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (October 10, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Disappointed not to see Heino Khun or the young Quinton de Kock covering for AB. The Saffas really need to include the youngster in the squad as soon as possible or else...we all know whats going to happen...lose him to England (Another Kieswetter case on the cards here i say) wake up CSA selectors!!!!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

If they had to select an ageing gloveman, why didn't they pick Morne wan Wyk?

Posted by Fareen on (October 10, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Very disappointed to see Tsolekile in the team. His batting was below par even in 2004 and now it hasn't been improved much. There's a young keeper in Quinton De Kock but selectors are not even looking to give him a chance. I also think de Lange or Harris should have got the nod ahead of Peterson because he's not the best test player I've seen. But if SA can keep playing their best XI, they'll prevail against the Aussies.

Posted by vrn59 on (October 10, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Although AB keeping wicket does add unmatchable balance to the SA Test side in terms of their batting depth, the selectors and team management must keep in mind that he is one of the main batsmen in the team as well, not to mention SA's best T20 player and one of their best ODI players as well. His recent back injury seems to be a result of overload, which is why I believe he should be picked as a specialist batsman alone in the Test side. Although I'd be tempted to try Dane Vilas at No. 7 ahead of Thami Tsolekile, the selectors have already made their decision. I wouldn't want to leave Jacques Rudolph out of the XI, but I feel that JP Duminy has done more than enough to justify his place over Rudolph's. It will be good for both Duminy as well as Alviro Petersen to have Rudolph breathing down their necks in the squad. My SA Test XI: Smith (C), Petersen, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Duminy, Tsolekile (wk), Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir, though Imran Tahir needs to perform better.

Posted by terrifyingwarriors on (October 10, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

Why not DJ.Vilas as a WK. He stats looks pretty good.

Posted by Kirstenfan on (October 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

@Steve Gregory - nice one buddy. I have similar thoughts about our South African team at times, especially the recent T20s. I reckon it'll be good cricket, we really need Steyn and Morkel to fire (as always)

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 10, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

AB must not keep his back is stuffed. Tsolekile will do for now and they need to start getting Quinton de Kock into the T20 and ODi team before England knicks him.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 10, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

AB must not keep his back is stuffed. Tsolekile will do for now and they need to start getting Quinton de Kock into the T20 and ODi team before England knicks him.

Posted by ricardotyagi on (October 10, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Graeme is such a good caption... i wish u all a great season ahead

Posted by BellCurve on (October 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Really disappointed to see Tsolekile in the squad once again. It's clearly a poitical choice. De Kock recently scored 194 & 34 in a Franchise match against the strong bowling attack of the Cobras. Tsolekile got 43 & 0. Why wait when it's clear that the youngster is much, much better.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Farhaan looks like more suited to Tests rather than Faf

Posted by axe_hay on (October 10, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Thami Tsolekile is just the toursit. Never gets to play. Jacques Rudolph has got enough chances now. He should be replaced by Dean Elgar.Also youngsters like Obus Pienaar, Reeza Hendricks, Hieno Kuhn,David Wiese, Rillee Russouw,Quinton de Kock and Dane Paterson should be selected for better international exposure.

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (October 10, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Why is SA faffing about with the 32 year old Tsolokile? Get Quinton de Kock in sooner rather than later.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Quota system lives on... Tsotsobe rightly out. Tsolekile, a questionable selection in the eyes of most.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Im Australian and i think this South African squad is good. Gonna be one hell of a battle, i predict a 1-1 series draw.

Posted by johnal on (October 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

australia will have a fight in this series . hope tp see some good test cricket , in jacques kallis .hashim amla and dale steyn with vernon philander south africa have a great chance to remain the best in the world .micheal clark should have a good series also micheal starc and cummins will do welll

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

It does not matter who South Africa send over they will slaughter us Aussies.Okay lets see who we have E Cowan not a bad bat but gets out when he is "in". D Warner hit an miss.S Watson huge work load No3 not his spot.R Ponting over the hill.M Clarke (c) has done nothing wrong as captain only he picks his friends.M Hussey every innings he will be thinking this is his last.B Haddin yes i chose him cause he's Clarkes mate terrible year coming.M Johnson Clarkes mate,we will definately lose if he plays.P Siddle one pace only.B Hilfenhaus only useful when shine on ball useless after that.N Lyon my god what are the selectors thinking with this bloke he's useless an people are saying he's the best since Warnie.Okay what about the rest Pattinson,Cummins,Starc,etc the selectors will say they are not ready yet an they are not M Clarkes mate

Posted by Chris_P on (October 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

There is never a weak Boks side in cricket. From an Aussie pov, better to have AB keeping as his batting won't have the same punch & the keeping will be down from the best available. With games at the Gabba & Perth, the pitches will suit both side's quicks so it is up to the batsmen to see who handles the fireworks fired at them. At this point, our batting worries me,... a lot. I hope we find some inspiration.

Posted by Afrikaanse_Hoer_Seunskool on (October 10, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

you need to pick heino kuhn and eventually groom quinton de knock for the wicket keeping slot. Tsolekile seems like a waste of time.also, not really seeing any young batsmen being picked to groom them

Posted by gibbs.175 on (October 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

ooh....it is again bad selection ...where are the youngesters.........elgar ,moris mean to say one young bowler or bats man should be chance....why Tsotsobe left out............

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 10, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

The real test begins for SA after a nice little picnic against a bog ordinary England that can't but keep getting bad (even with KP !) . The Aussies under 'pup' Clarke are going to make it tough for them to find any breathing space and they know it themselves .It will take a very fine effort from a good SA team to keep competing with the Aussie might in their backyard and even that might fall short of 'good' and might just save 3-0 or 2-0 defeat at the Aussies' hands. With Watson standing up to the true potential (finally) especially with the bat - Only need to make them big- as in ,get the 100s once set and big ones at that at the top of the order- that also puts the fielding team on the defensive with a naturally attacking batsman well set.A true 'test' of the no.1 finally.....

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 10, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

cricketMann its pretty obvious our summer is 3/4 month and were ever we play, we are in most cases coming off a period of inactivity. when we tour australia we have not been able to play any cricket for 2 or more month. maybe excluding NZ other teams get weather which lets them get outside to play the game, i hope this explains englands pre tour games. i hope the saffers put the aussies in their place and i expect a 0 -2 win for SA.

Posted by Gt500 on (October 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

It's disappointing to see the RSA selectors have little respect for their team by picking Tsolekile . Everyone knows there are about 4 or 5 guys that should get the gloves before him . It's like playing with 10 . I don't see Australia picking any indigenous players to make up a quota ...

Posted by stormy16 on (October 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Why isnt De Lange in the squad? He made a sensational debut and then not been given a chance - well its not like you can drop Steyn, Morkel or Philander but neither De Lange or TsoTsobe has got a chance. The other question is Robbin Peterson - you will never play two spinners in a test in early Aus summer. Wonder if they thought about a second wicket keeper.

Posted by whatawicket on (October 10, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

i guess its a quota situation in reverse Tsotsobe is a poor cricketer and i cannot understand why he got selected. well i can but im not sure how it could be justified.

Posted by Clan_McLachlan on (October 10, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

An interesting selection. I think that Tsotsobe deserves more chances in Tests, but he hasn't helped himself with a bad attitude.

Posted by Deepakrio278 on (October 10, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

It is just so obvious..SA selectors must be out of their minds and why do they not send in yougsters like Roussouw or Hendricks like Aus nurturing Cummins and Starc..

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

I often wonder why only ECB plays a minimum of 2 practise games ahead of Test tours while other boards dont mind jumping straight into Tests. Does it come down to budgets? I'm sure domestic teams would be very happy to play/accomodate Test teams for tour games. Its very positive, but ECB seems to be the only one who wants that. Having said that I've also read a copule of batsmen say that too many tour games are neither that good before a key Test series.

Posted by bestbuddy on (October 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

AB to keep in this series as well? Very worried about the no7 position in our side if Tsolekile is keeping...a good keeper but not even in the top 3 keepers batting wise in SA right now, certainly not as good as any of Wade, Paine or Haddin, and with our tail that could be costly. Heino Kuhn should have gotten the nod

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