South Africa in Australia 2012-13 October 10, 2012

Kleinveldt included in South Africa's Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Geoffrey 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.

  • Shakti 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.

  • utopian 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.

  • Sello 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.

  • Travis 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.

  • Satish 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.

  • Blessing 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.

  • Paul on October 11, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Prepare for a pumping Aussies! :)

  • Andrew 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(?).

  • 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.

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