South Africa in England 2012 July 25, 2012

Kallis rested for England ODIs

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South Africa have given the clearest indication yet that Jacques Kallis will form part of their World Twenty20 plans by resting him for the ODI series against England. Kallis has not played T20I cricket for South Africa since the 2010 World Twenty20, apart from a one-off game against India in his honour in March, but was named in a 30-man provisional squad for Sri Lanka last week.

His place in the 15-man party for the five-match ODI series with England will be taken by the uncapped allrounder Dean Elgar. He was named in South Africa's squad to face Sri Lanka in January, before torn knee ligaments prevented him from making an international debut.

Imran Tahir, whose last ODI appearance came in the 2011 World Cup, is recalled, while the seamer Ryan McLaren, who played the last of his 10 ODIs in 2010, also returns after recovering from a side strain sustained while playing for South Africa A earlier in the month. Wayne Parnell remains in the squad despite allegedly testing positive for drugs after a rave party in Mumbai in May following his IPL commitments.

"Dean has been in our plans for some time and might well have made his debut last year but for injury," CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson, said. "Imran is a genuine wicket-taking bowler and his selection enables us to explore our options in this area.

"Ryan has just come off some exceptional form for the South Africa A side and the added depth he provides in the seam bowling department will allow us to rotate players if we feel the need arises."

Parnell, Faf du Plessis, Justin Ontong, Elgar and McLaren are due to travel to Ireland with South Africa A for two four-day matches and an unofficial ODI, before joining the rest of the squad in England. South Africa will name their squad for the Twenty20 international series against England, as well as the World Twenty20, in August.

South Africa squad AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla (vice-capt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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  • dariuscorny on July 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @Meety much like Aus did loose all the respect i had when they were folded for 47.and lost 4-0 to Eng.admit Ind are in midst of horrible performances outside sc.but it happens with every team which passes through this phase.Ind is also going through rebuilding phase and to be frank and honest ,i dont think they will start winnining abroad once the places are taken by few youngsters.Aus too suffered back to back defeats in India 2-0 in 2008,2010.So i rather request you to please take a note of the performances of your team offlate ,its not encouraging either.so thier is no question of respect and hatred for any team in particular,there are some phases when a team puts on strong performances,and there are some when teams struggle.its a natural phenomenon,rise and decline are inevitable

  • zaman2012 on July 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    India won series in England not very long time ago. They were very good against SA in SA and AUS against AUS in the last decade (before the twin debacle). I think for a brief period they deserved their no 1 ranking. they don't anymore because they lost badly the last two away series. As simple as that. By the way, England's no 1 ranking is almost completely due to strong home performances and a brilliant Ashes campaign down under. So if they lose badly in subcontinent they don't deserve to be no 1 for long either.

  • JG2704 on July 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @ Meety - Mate , it seems that you developing a friendship here too. Still I think he has plenty of love and respect to go round to all of us

  • JG2704 on July 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @Christo Jose on (July 26 2012, 09:56 AM GMT) Eng won 4-0 in ODIs (same format) in UAE so they are capable even if they infrequently deliver. Ironically since the 4-0 test win vs India our test form has gone to pot but since the 5-0 defeat to India in ODIs our ODI form has gone the other way - funny old game I guess.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Harmony111 - (CONTINUED) - India have lost respect & acclaim for their cricketing abilities after 2 whitewashes. If you had watched any of the matches, they lacked fight (except Dravid in England, & late in Oz by Kohli). The only bright spark has been Yadav (I am excited by him). India cannot address their reputation until they tour against decent opposition again - & that is about a year away. So I suggest, you chill, sit back, ENJOY being neutral in matches not involving India & keep your powders dry. IMO - India will not start winning overseas again - until one of SRT or VVS retires, & is replaced by a competant, quality batsmen. The side is stale & lacks energy in the field (I'd hat to be bowling for India atm). All your fielders need to put in 101% like Ishant Sharma & Kholi does (I mentioned Ishant as I think he tries harder in the field than any other pace bowler in the world - not the best but wholehearted).

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I understand that it is frustrating being a fan of Indian cricket. When India first got the #1 ranking, I really felt it was by default. I thought that first real challenge would be the Saffas in Sth Africa & given the previous series was a draw in India, the return series would be a massacre in the Saffas favour. I was gobsmacked that India drew the series. Whilst I do believe tehy were in a reasonably good position to win the final test - they still had a bit of work to do, but is fair to say they were slightly in front although meaningless in a result context, really changed my view of team India. I was very confident that given they won the last series in England, they would either draw or win the series in England, (even after losing the first test, I thought they'd find a way). However, after losing 8 straight away tests, all you have left is dredging up old & stale figures from the past. India have lost respect/acclaim.

  • raj_24 on July 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @ Harmony111

    was there any time that India win series in AUS or SA?

    truly the best team in world cricket should win everywhere in the world.

    Only WI in 1980-1995 and AUS from 1995 to 2009 did that.

    Now it is only about rankings

  • Harmony111 on July 27, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @gerrardl: When was the last time Eng defeated India in India ? 1984. And you tell me Eng are a big team and deserve #1 rank while India did not?

    Non sense logic.

  • yorkshirematt on July 26, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Don't know how he did before joining us for the T20 but I'm surprised, but relieved as he won't miss finals day, not to see David Miller in the squad.

  • Patrick_ on July 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @gerrardl Ya England real test team, getting whitewashed in subcontinent ! Lol.

  • dariuscorny on July 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @Meety much like Aus did loose all the respect i had when they were folded for 47.and lost 4-0 to Eng.admit Ind are in midst of horrible performances outside sc.but it happens with every team which passes through this phase.Ind is also going through rebuilding phase and to be frank and honest ,i dont think they will start winnining abroad once the places are taken by few youngsters.Aus too suffered back to back defeats in India 2-0 in 2008,2010.So i rather request you to please take a note of the performances of your team offlate ,its not encouraging either.so thier is no question of respect and hatred for any team in particular,there are some phases when a team puts on strong performances,and there are some when teams struggle.its a natural phenomenon,rise and decline are inevitable

  • zaman2012 on July 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    India won series in England not very long time ago. They were very good against SA in SA and AUS against AUS in the last decade (before the twin debacle). I think for a brief period they deserved their no 1 ranking. they don't anymore because they lost badly the last two away series. As simple as that. By the way, England's no 1 ranking is almost completely due to strong home performances and a brilliant Ashes campaign down under. So if they lose badly in subcontinent they don't deserve to be no 1 for long either.

  • JG2704 on July 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @ Meety - Mate , it seems that you developing a friendship here too. Still I think he has plenty of love and respect to go round to all of us

  • JG2704 on July 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @Christo Jose on (July 26 2012, 09:56 AM GMT) Eng won 4-0 in ODIs (same format) in UAE so they are capable even if they infrequently deliver. Ironically since the 4-0 test win vs India our test form has gone to pot but since the 5-0 defeat to India in ODIs our ODI form has gone the other way - funny old game I guess.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Harmony111 - (CONTINUED) - India have lost respect & acclaim for their cricketing abilities after 2 whitewashes. If you had watched any of the matches, they lacked fight (except Dravid in England, & late in Oz by Kohli). The only bright spark has been Yadav (I am excited by him). India cannot address their reputation until they tour against decent opposition again - & that is about a year away. So I suggest, you chill, sit back, ENJOY being neutral in matches not involving India & keep your powders dry. IMO - India will not start winning overseas again - until one of SRT or VVS retires, & is replaced by a competant, quality batsmen. The side is stale & lacks energy in the field (I'd hat to be bowling for India atm). All your fielders need to put in 101% like Ishant Sharma & Kholi does (I mentioned Ishant as I think he tries harder in the field than any other pace bowler in the world - not the best but wholehearted).

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I understand that it is frustrating being a fan of Indian cricket. When India first got the #1 ranking, I really felt it was by default. I thought that first real challenge would be the Saffas in Sth Africa & given the previous series was a draw in India, the return series would be a massacre in the Saffas favour. I was gobsmacked that India drew the series. Whilst I do believe tehy were in a reasonably good position to win the final test - they still had a bit of work to do, but is fair to say they were slightly in front although meaningless in a result context, really changed my view of team India. I was very confident that given they won the last series in England, they would either draw or win the series in England, (even after losing the first test, I thought they'd find a way). However, after losing 8 straight away tests, all you have left is dredging up old & stale figures from the past. India have lost respect/acclaim.

  • raj_24 on July 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @ Harmony111

    was there any time that India win series in AUS or SA?

    truly the best team in world cricket should win everywhere in the world.

    Only WI in 1980-1995 and AUS from 1995 to 2009 did that.

    Now it is only about rankings

  • Harmony111 on July 27, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @gerrardl: When was the last time Eng defeated India in India ? 1984. And you tell me Eng are a big team and deserve #1 rank while India did not?

    Non sense logic.

  • yorkshirematt on July 26, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Don't know how he did before joining us for the T20 but I'm surprised, but relieved as he won't miss finals day, not to see David Miller in the squad.

  • Patrick_ on July 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @gerrardl Ya England real test team, getting whitewashed in subcontinent ! Lol.

  • StoneRose on July 26, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    No Philander? Why?

  • gerrardl on July 26, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @satish... scrapping wins against New Zealand and the West Indies says very little. Surely you would expect to beat these teams? When was the last SERIES India has ever won in ENG, SA or AUS. Eng have won in AUS, where india got whitewashed by a poor australian team. Aus have won in ENG, where india got whitewashed again, and AUS also won in SA, where India have only ever won 2 test matches ever... 2. SA has also won in both ENG and AUS. If India had beat these team, in series!, not the odd test match, then perhaps they would have been worthy of that number 1 test status they briefly held. Until then... let their 'superstars' (?) continue honing their skills playing IPL and leave the real test cricket to the 3 big teams - ENG, AUS and SA.

  • satish619chandar on July 26, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @gerrardl : Count on India's performance before the 8-0(Where they lost the crown and now in debacle).. England - Won series, SA - Drew series, Australia -Lost 2-1(Whole world knows what happened that series), NZ and WI - Won series.. The tours before that, England - Drew series, Australia, drew series and SA - Lost 2-1(That was the first ever match won by Indian team in SA).. So it doesn't sound as bad record for any subcontinent team while traveling.. Just because they had two continuous whitewashes, you can't say they lost everything abroad..

  • Jester01 on July 26, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I've always liked Dean Elgar but I would have picked him for the longer format rather then the ODI's and maybe bring in Rilee Rossouw\Colin Ingram. On a different note congratulations to Graeme Smith on becoming a father. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • drnaveed on July 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    england should realize that with this bowling attack they cannot get 20 SA wickets in a single test match, to do so , they should bring in finn and onions in place of swann/ broad and bresnan . i think , sooner they realize ,it will be better for them.

  • on July 26, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    SA in fact did rest their players before this England series. They went to Switzerland and did not train, and look at them roll over England. But it seems as soon as they train and play cricket, they become complacent and lose the consistency.

  • on July 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @ gerrardl ,,well u say that india was whitewashed against england,,,india have not won away from home....then i would also like to inform you that england were whitewashed 5-0 to in india...you can say even say that england are not capable of winning outside england..

  • K.A.K on July 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Kallis will be missed in England but resting him is also necessary. Good luck Elgar. On the ranking system: Reliance ranking is over-rated. People should enjoy cricket and ignore the ranking. There are teams that focus on beating the ranking system rather than playing exciting cricket.

  • Selassie-I on July 26, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Sorry, got a bit distracted from the article there, but my opinion is too many all-rounders/bits 'n' pieces cricketers. With 2 new balls I think a more testesque line up eg. 515 would be ideal unless you've got a decent all-rounder, Kallis not playing though so surely a 515, but they can't play it now. Hope cookie takes us to No1 in odi, even if we lose the tests.

  • Selassie-I on July 26, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Raj_24, SA are a very good side, they might not be winning at home but they do away and not many teams are doing that at the moment, imo that's the biggest challenge, it even took the great windies and aus teams quite a while to master foregin conditions. We(Eng) find it tough to bat on slow, low or turning tracks, india & pak find it difficult to bat on fast, bouncy or seaming tracks, the other team, aus included, don't quite have enough quality in the ranks at the moment, but there are a lot of promisiong players coming through. Personally I think that the ratings should be adjusted so that more points are gained for away wins, as you can climb the rankings by just continually playing at home.

  • chrisvw on July 26, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @raj_24 From your comments it sounds like you have quite the gripe with SA! The facts are that if we win this series they will be ranked the top Test side! If you have a issue with that, take it up with the ICC. If Eng and Aus where so much better than SA, then SA shouldn't be able to get close to them in the rankings.

  • gerrardl on July 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @raj when has India won anything against the major test nations away from home? Please tell me i'd love to know. The only reason the topped the rankings was because they played countless series against weak opposition in their back yard. It will be a long long long time before India wins a test series in SA, ENG or even against a weakened AUS side in AUS. Similarly, when last has Australia won anything away from home against one of the big sides? England and SA have been the best two teams in the world consistently for the last 4 years, by a mile. ENGLAND to still come out on top in this series... and clean up India in India like we did last year in england.

  • axe_hay on July 26, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Justin Ontong and Robin Peterson are just average players. Why they are in the team is everyones guess. I would have prefered Farhaan Berhadien , Colin Ingram and Rusty Theron in the side. Also David Wiese should have been selected instead of Ryan McClaren. McClaren has been miserable at the international level.Why is South Africa still persisting with players who have flopped at the international level ? Dean Elgar's selection is the only bright spot.

  • DannoTheManno on July 26, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @ raj_24 - By your logic no one should be rated higly.. we live in an era of terrible teams then i guess. Just fact the fact that the SA team is the best and has been for a few years now. All your whinning will not change that fact.

  • raj_24 on July 26, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @Showvar

    Facts

    1.How many tests do SA play in a calendar year ( max 6 or 7)? is that enough for ranking? 2.Have SA won any of your latest test series at home vs IND AUS or ENG( all 1-1 draws) aus eng ind have been in top 4 in last 3-4 yrs.(Eng have won all home series in last 3 yrs and Ind also ) 3. Have you won anything series wise in subcontinent or asia in last 4-5 yrs ? ( all drawn or lost) ?WINNING is what i Said NOT Drawing 2 match series which is ver easy. 4.SA mostly play 2 games in test series which is poor. 5. Just 1-0 win vs a poor NZ side? 6.Eng sweeps most Ind wins at home vs Eng Aus the top 4 teams in last 3 yrs which is the period for rankings 7.Aus except the 3-1 ashes defeat has won or at most drwan their home series in last 3 yrs. 8.SA have not won their last home series vs Eng Ind or Aus 9.Have not won any series in subcontinent in last 12 yrs

  • joseyesu on July 26, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Sure, the SA squad is going to miss KALLIS

  • on July 26, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    In place pf Ryan Mclaren and Justin Ontong, why not try Colin Ingram or Roelof van der Merve?? they can come in handy for ODI's against England after a succesful finish over the test cricket which would poise them to play wel!

  • shovwar on July 26, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    SA have a realistic chance of grabing the no.1 spot in all formats of the game and the no.1 player spot in all Batting, bowling and Allrounder in the test Ranking. If it happens I think it would be the first a team has so much dominance in the rankings. I dont mean it would surely happen but realistically they have a chance but would be really hard they gotta play to their skins to make it happen. Good Luck. Looks like after Australia's years of dominance it would be SA in the years to come. Let Tahir mature a bit more. Good Luck Saffers I ve always been a supporter even through the bad times.

  • on July 26, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    I would have liked to see Kallis play since he is such an important player. He could have played the first 2 or 3 ODIs and rested after that like he did recently against SL where in a 5 match series he played the first 2. But considering that the WC is just after the England series, Im fine with it.

  • raj_24 on July 26, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Randyoz

    That is why SA should not be rated highly. SA could not win any of the 3 series vs Aus in SA last November .

    in fact Australia were better in all 3 formats in that series.

    Australia have not a single series since WC 2011 except the unwanted 5 games in eng which was really off season and only was for commercial considerations.

  • raj_24 on July 26, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @newnomi Rested KP ? ECB to blame ?

    Fact is KP retired on his own and acc. to ECB rules every player must be available for BOTH forms of Limited overs cricket.

    Matter ends there.

  • satish619chandar on July 26, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Well.. Had this decision taken with consent of Kallis, it is a good one.. It can provide chance to likes of Du Plessis or Ingram or Albie Morkel.. I felt the squad is missing Botha.. Smith could also ve stayed away from ODI setup.. Given Amla's success at top, Levi could have been tried for sometime.. As he is already playing in county.. Rest of the lineup picks themselves..

  • RandyOZ on July 26, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Good idea by South Africa. They should be resting up for what will be their biggest challenge yet, facing a rejuvenated Australia in Australia. After only magaing to scrape a draw against us in SA, they're in for a big challenge.

  • Michaelsy on July 26, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Rest my hero for the T20 World Cup.thats gud,the best of luck 4u guys.

  • SLDude on July 26, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    waiting to see how SA would perform without their great player (Kallis)

  • newnomi on July 25, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    What a simple and logical way to ensure one of your best players is well-rested before a big tournament! Why couldn't the ECB have done the same with KP, rested him in the Aus one-dayers, and avoided all the drama?

  • Robster1 on July 25, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Squad seems light of one batsman - Levi, Ingram or Miller can't be far away. Good to see McLaren included again.

  • vrn59 on July 25, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    My SAF XI: Smith, Amla, du Plessis, de Villiers (C&wk), Duminy, Elgar, A Morkel, Steyn, M Morkel, Tsotsobe, Tahir.

    My ENG XI: Cook (C), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter (wk), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn. OR Patel in at 7 at the expense of any one of Bresnan, Broad and Anderson.

  • djdrastic on July 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Does anyone actually still care about 50 over cricket ? It's so boring and meaningless . Right decision tbh . Kallis is on the wrong side of 30 , and we don't need him overworked.

  • jackthelad on July 25, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Kallis would be an enormous loss for any side, but this shows how seriously SA are taking the up-coming T20 stuff. I hope Elgar gets a game or two, he looks a good prospect, and Tahir may make up for the absence of Botha (he's maturing as an international by the day). Flower and ECB take note - this is how you shepherd a squad, not work a few of them into the ground then wonder when they underachieve or, indeed, pull out.

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Where are the Batsman only 4 proper batsman Amla,Smith,AB and duminy

  • on July 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    where is botha,levi,ingram,miller

  • Hattrick_Capes on July 25, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Botha's taken himself to Australia.

  • anuajm on July 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Where is Botha? I am seriously surprised if he is dropped!!

  • BellCurve on July 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Good move. But funny how different this team looks without Kallis.

  • ausaff on July 25, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    where is botha????why peterson..it is ridiculous

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Smith, Amla, Du Plessis, de Villiers (c & wk), Duminy, Ontong, A.Morkel, Peterson, Steyn, M.Morkel, Tsotsobe.

  • Narbavi on July 25, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    He is the man, the best cricketer in our generation, i hope he achieves his last wish of winning a world cup for south africa!!

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    as they used to say in one of the Indian singing reality shows - ELGAR hooo!

  • Mpondz on July 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I'm excited to see Elgar get another chance to play for the Proteas. Hopefully he will not be injured before making his debut. I've always seen him as a future Test opener and ODI middle order batsman for the team.

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  • Mpondz on July 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I'm excited to see Elgar get another chance to play for the Proteas. Hopefully he will not be injured before making his debut. I've always seen him as a future Test opener and ODI middle order batsman for the team.

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    as they used to say in one of the Indian singing reality shows - ELGAR hooo!

  • Narbavi on July 25, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    He is the man, the best cricketer in our generation, i hope he achieves his last wish of winning a world cup for south africa!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Smith, Amla, Du Plessis, de Villiers (c & wk), Duminy, Ontong, A.Morkel, Peterson, Steyn, M.Morkel, Tsotsobe.

  • ausaff on July 25, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    where is botha????why peterson..it is ridiculous

  • BellCurve on July 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Good move. But funny how different this team looks without Kallis.

  • anuajm on July 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Where is Botha? I am seriously surprised if he is dropped!!

  • Hattrick_Capes on July 25, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Botha's taken himself to Australia.

  • on July 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    where is botha,levi,ingram,miller

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Where are the Batsman only 4 proper batsman Amla,Smith,AB and duminy