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McLaren in South Africa squad as injury cover

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November 25, 2012

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Ryan McLaren is congratulated by his team-mates after picking up his first Test wicket on debut, South Africa v England, 4th Test, Johannesburg, South Africa, January 14, 2010
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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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Posted by crashed 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

Posted by edgie 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..

Posted by Robster1 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.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Gregg22 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

Posted by Gareth_Bain 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...

Posted by GlobalCricketLover 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.

Posted by CricketMaan 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!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Albie would be my choice of all rounder if he is fit. McLaren or Rory are not in his league. Albie can be expensive but still, he can suddenly produce beautiful deliveries. Why not SA try Tsotsobe in place of Rory? He could add more value to the side as a bowler than Rory as a all rounder.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 26, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Not a big fan at all. Very predictable bowling and does little with the ball. Decent FC stats but not Test level

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Albie Morkel is probably one of the poorest, most inconsistent cricketers in the modern game, and his stats reflect that. Yes he can hit a 110m six, but he only does so on occasion. Besides, his style of play is more suited to T20s. Granted, McLaren isn't a much better option, but better nonetheless.

Posted by edgie on (November 26, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

seriously, Mclaren? There must be better players out there? Why not parnell? Sure he is not very consistant at the moment, but he was at one point thought of as a future all-rounder? And for a pure patsmen with experience, why not re-look at Mckenzie or Prince? And why are we so insistant on Rudolph? He is seriously out of form (and for a while now), and does not show ANY signs of getting that form back soon. Why not also play Tsolekile as keeper, and let AB bat without the added burden of keeping which IS impacting his batting. Only format i think AB should keep in is T20's, and bring in young Quinton De Cock in to keep in ODI's so he can start getting a taste for international cricket to ease him in. Seriously th protea selectors and team management are really short on ideas lately.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 26, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

It looks like South Africa's luck has just dried up. They have lost the services of Duminy,Philander and now Kallis as well. Maybe this is the jinx the team has to wear for having become the No 1 side in the ICC rankings.Much the same happened to India last summer in England after they won the ODI World Cup and were No 1 in the Test rankings as well. The same is probably happening to England after they got to the pole position in 2010 as they say in F1 racing. Of course England seem to have turned the corner in India. Australia may get the No 1 position by beating South Africa at home. But they should be forewarned that the position could be short-lived. The time seems to have come for the rightful heirs to come back to the top. They have won the 20/20 World Cup and have just beaten the hell out of Bangladesh at home. No easy job as we know. They have everything now after some new talents have emerged. The world will hear much about Permaul,Holder and Maclean in the next few years.

Posted by Nerk on (November 26, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Averages 30 with the bat and 24 with the ball, cannot be too bad. Certainly not "a like for like replacement" in regards to Kallis, but I doubt you would find too many around the world who could replace him. Good luck to him.

Posted by Chris_P on (November 25, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Good luck to him, he has very big shoes to fill. I still think the Boks are better off relieving AB of his keeping duties. His batting is only a shadow of his previous brilliance.

Posted by LewisDuckworth on (November 25, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Surely Albie Morkel would have been a better replacement?

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 25, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

decent first class stats i wonder why he wasnt chosen ahead of kleinvelt anyway

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

I would have gone with David Wiese as "A like-for-like replacement" .He looked good in CLT20 even though it was a T20 competition. But i saw his domestic record which is pretty good. FC average of 40 with bat and 26 with bowl. He is more of a batting allrounder like Kallis

Posted by axe_hay on (November 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

David Wiese should have been given a chace. He is a power hitter and has an exellent First class average of 40 with the bat and 26 with the ball. He is the next Lance Klusener !

Posted by stormy16 on (November 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Please can no one ever refer to anyone other than Garry Sobers when refering to Kallis and to even suggest 'like-for-like' in Mclaren for Kallis is nothing short of offensive. I am still amazed as how little recongnition Kallis gets and most of all from SA. I dont get it - this guy is actually a living (or playing) legend, he is on Bradman like ground but doesnt get the recognition. It is more than likely he will be the man behind Sachin on test batting records and unlike Sachin & Ponting, Kallis is still scoring runds and plenty of them. Besides his batting he has over 250 test wickets and over a hundred catches - this is Bradman like.

Posted by Neeta on (November 25, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Surely Albie Morkel is a better relacement then Ryan Mclaren. An avg of 45 in First Class Cricket with a bowling average of 29 must surely be given a chance at no.7 for SA. He may not be a big force with ball as highlighted by his recent odi and t20 performances but still he can be bit slippery in Australian conditions and can give the ball a good thwack much like what Pollock and Klusener used to do for SA. Best of luck to these guys for saving their test match against Australia.

Posted by Gordo85 on (November 25, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

This is a nice move South Africa. He has been performing very well of late. I forgot about him to be honest I was saying either David Wiese or Chris Morris but maybe McLaren was infront of both of them. McLaren also adds another left hander so that is interesting.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 25, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Surely, SA must have someone better!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

"A like-for-like replacement" - If Mr.Hudson is referring this about Jacques Kallis, well, that like-for-like replacement will just be a fictional as Kallis is irreplaceable.

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