Champions Trophy 2013 May 1, 2013

Kallis and Duminy to be included for Champions Trophy


Jacques Kallis will make a return to South Africa's one-day squad for the Champions Trophy, which is due be announced in Cape Town on Thursday. The final 15 will also see a return to action for JP Duminy, who has not played competitively since last September.

Duminy has spent the last six months recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon which he sustained on the first day of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane last November. He was named in the XI but was injured before he could take any part in the fixture.

As of last Wednesday, he was sprinting at 80%, batting unrestricted and was due to start bowling at full capacity this week. "We are exercising extreme caution because of the sensitive nature of the injury but we remain cautiously optimistic of his speedy return to action," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager who is also a medical doctor, said.

South Africa's other injury concern, Faf du Plessis, has also made a full recovery in time for the tournament. Du Plessis missed the last two matches of South Africa's March ODI series against Pakistan with lower-back trouble. The niggle meant he was unable to bowl throughout the series and it eventually became too painful for him to bat as well.

He underwent a six-week rehabilitation program and left for the IPL last week, where he has joined up with the Chennai Super Kings. Although du Plessis has not played a game yet, he is available to make his return imminently.

As much as both his and Duminy's returns have been eagerly anticipated, it's the inclusion of Kallis that will lift South Africa's hopes as they aim to claim major tournament silverware for the first time since 1998 when they won this tournament in Dhaka.

Kallis no longer takes part in bilateral one-day series, as part of the management plan to ensure he is fit for as many Tests as possible. He has, however, made no secret of his desire to compete in the next World Cup. He is not completely out of short-format practice as he has been playing in the IPL.

Gary Kirsten previously stated South Africa will reserve the right to turn to Kallis for what they deem important enough situations and this is one of them. Although Colin Ingram has settled into the No.3 role and Ryan McLaren has been in the allrounders' spot, Kallis' value will be welcomed. Both Ingram and McLaren are likely to be retained but Chris Morris, the other allrounder in contention, who has given a good account of himself at the IPL, is likely to miss out.

Others for whom there will be no space are promising wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock as South Africa have reinstalled AB de Villiers as their wicketkeeper in the 50-over format, Titans opening batsman Henry Davids, because Graeme Smith will still be used and middle-order batsman Dean Elgar.

The bowling attack should have a familiar look and will be spearheaded by Dale Steyn. Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt will make up the rest of the pack with Robin Peterson the lone specialist spinner. Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir and Roelof van der Merwe, were all named in the preliminary squad but will have to wait for a turn in more helpful conditions.

South Africa's 30-man preliminary squad: AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld

South Africa squad (probable): AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Rory Kleinveldt, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I think the playing 11 should be 1. Smith .2. Amla 3. Kallis 4 . Devillers 5 Duminy 6. Faf duplesis 7 David Miller 8 Robin Peterson 9 Dale Steyn 10 Morne MOrkel 11 Tsotsobe/ Morris

  • murali on May 2, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    i think captaincy should to faf instead of abd

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Not Behardien AND Ingram, should be one or the other. Granted one bats at the top and another lower down, but they are too much alike to both be warming the bench. I think that a big-hitter should replace one of them. Miller is one, but the other should be QdeK at 7. That gives you 4 frontline bowlers, and then 3 part-timers in Faf, JP and Kallis.

    If a 2nd spinner were needed (which clearly is not the case), Roelof would be my pick because he plays regularly in England during the off-season and knows the conditions well (and he can bat a bit).

    My XI would be: Smith, Amla, Kallis, AB, Duminy, Faf, QdeK(wk), Peterson, Kleinveldt, Morkel, Steyn. Squad members would be: Ingram, Miller, Tsotsobe, Morris

  • Pushpakumara on May 2, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    indian squrd:playing xi:-MS Dhoni(capt),virat kohli,suresh raina,yuvraj singh/rohit sharma,shiker dhawan,gautam gambhir,R.jadeja,irfan pathan,ishant sharma,bhuv kumar,ravi ashwin. other members:dinesh kartik,praveen kumar/p.awana,vinay kumar

  • Harjinder on May 2, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    MR HUDSON ...i want to see Q.D KOCK as awicket keeper because AB can feild well to stop some runs in 30 yd ring and can easily talk to his team members...Do n't waste the talent....SA already lost D.JACOBS....

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    What happened to Alviro Pietersen?

  • sanjai on May 2, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Smith is not in gud touch with his bat in odis.. Bt he s a clas act in field.. he has th most experience playing under pressure... he handled different pressure situations.. so including player like him is a great boost fo th team and also itz a help fo AB in captaing side.. AB can rely on smith... And also his low strike rate wont affect the team since they have AB,AMLA,FAF,DUMINY,MILLER who can score more than run a ball... So smith brings stability to th team

  • Paul on May 2, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    I'd hardly describe Colin Ingram as having "settled into the number 3 slot" as, apart from the occasional surprise performance, he has done little - and usually at an unacceptably slow run rate. Kallis is a far, far better option, ditto Duminy and a good few more.

  • ALEX on May 1, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    My Starting Eleven would be: Smith, Du Plessis, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, de Kock, Duminy, R Peterson, Philander, Steyn, M Morkel.

    Last 4 can get their 10 overs in quite easily and it should be preety easy to find 10 overs from Duminy,Kallis and Du Plessis.