South Africa in Australia 2012-13 November 25, 2012

McLaren in South Africa squad as injury cover

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Ryan McLaren has been called up to the South Africa squad for the ongoing Test series in Australia, as cover for the injured Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander. While Philander was left out of the XI for the Adelaide Test - the second of the three-match series - with a stiff back, Jacques Kallis picked up a hamstring injury during the game that is likely to prevent him from playing in the next.

"There are injury concerns around both Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander," Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "So we have specifically gone for an allrounder, as a like-for-like replacement. Ryan can comfortably bat at No. 7, in addition to his seam-bowling skills."

McLaren has played one Test for South Africa against England in 2010, where he took 1 for 30 and scored 33 not out. He is one of the only genuine allrounders in the South African franchise system. He has played extensively for South Africa A and has been in and out of the national one-day squad, with his most recent outing being against England in September.

McLaren will leave for Australia on Monday evening. The third, in Perth, begins on November 30.

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  • Casper on November 28, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    @percy_fender ... It looks like South Africa's luck has just dried up. They have lost the services of Duminy,Philander and now Kallis as well. hmm and yet Australia cannot put South Africa down for the count there might be more in the Saffa tank than they thought ;) it is not as if South Africa went to Australia just to hand over the no 1 spot and they had their injuries while in play that means they had to reconsider their gameplan while playing and weigh their options in game not plan ahead - personally i were surprised not to see philander in the last test when i looked at he lineup b4 the test started steyn is better used as first replacement bowler as he were utilized during the english/saffa series

  • Stanton on November 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @Christoph Groenewald, aggree with your squad. And I aggree that de Cock shoudl be brought in asap, and if not in tests, then at least in ODI's. I think AB shoudl infact only keep in t20's, as that does strengthen the squad quite a bit, but let a regular keeper do the job in Tests and ODI's and let AB concertrate on batting in Tests, and Captaincy and batting in ODI's. Also think we should give aaron Phangiso a go, he looks real promising, at least more promising than Tahir at the moment. And it will also boost the "BEE" rating of the Proteas... Feel sorry for Tsolekile, but in my opinion, is not better than de cock, nor even Kuhn or Van Wyk..

  • Rob on November 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    And in the longer term, Chris Morris must be the choice as an all rounder. Good luck though to McLaren.

  • greig on November 26, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @Satish Massive mystery why Tsotsbobe is not in the squad - who knows. He was recently the no.1 ODI bowler in the world and doesnt get a start in the team....doesnt make sense. Maybe he is deemed similar to Vernon.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    The final test is not a must-win test. It is a must-at-least-draw test due to the Nr 1 Test nation permutations. SA need only draw to retain nr 1.

    Kallis will play in the final test. I think he is good enough to sit in a wheelchair and be rolled in to bat. He need not bowl. We SHOULD play Smith, Petersen, Amla, Kallis, AB, Faf, Elgar, Peterson, Steyn, Philander, Morkel. We will unfortunately stick to Rudolph while all stats suggest we shouldn't. de Kock is the long term keeping solution and he should begin playing immediately. He should bat 7 long term with Peterson at 8 and Steyn, Philander and Morkel making up the pace.

  • Norman on November 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Okay who's the optimistic west indies fan here? Really mate? After beating Bangladesh at home suddenly WI are gonna reclaim their number 1 status after how many years? 20? 30?40? Lol and i guess Tino Best will be the next(slightly chubbier) Malcolm Marshall? And Rampaul (even more chubby) the next Holding, Walsh? Jokes aside there are some seriously good players in that side and Samuels is destined to do great things for them. I won't even mention good old Chanders and Bazooka Gayle. Definitely a good side but too inconsistent to be number 1 i'm afraid. At least for the next 20 years. Hiehiehie

  • Gareth on November 26, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    You guys are gonna have to explain it to me slowly how David Wiese was anywhere near in contention for this place: a career of 8 first team matches (South African players first class averages lie, look at Qaasim Adams if you don't believe me) in which he has made 1 100 and taken 0 5-wicket hauls...

  • g on November 26, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Disappointed! Brings back the memories of SA's visit to Aus when Andrew Hall was leading the bowling attack. No guesses for who won that series. McLaren is not even a good ODI bowler (or a good ODI batsman for that matter). What did the selectors see in him?? SA's selectors are giving K.Srikanth a stiff comepetition for the worst selectors competition.

  • Sriram on November 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Stuart Meaker should still be eligible to play for SA!! and there must a whole bunch of SAs in England that are looking for a spot? Before England errr.. Commonwealth XI steals all SA players, its important to recognize thier worth!!

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    McLaren's ok, let's give him a chance; I mean who else is going to deputize? Sure at some point AB has to take the Kallis batting role but compromising a strength to shore up a weakness is a cardinal sin. Tsolekile at his best was never that good, and he is a long way from his best these days.

    Stick de Kock in there, AB bats only oh and get rid of Tahir. He's had far too long to 'show promise'. He did a little at the World Cup but, since then, nothing special and the 2nd Test was terrible for him. Petersen could not have done worse and could certainly have batted better.

    Would not be averse to seeing McKenzie back. He has to do better than Rudolph, who is terribly out of form these days and has been for a while.

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