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Rudolph in preliminary South Africa World Cup squad

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December 14, 2010

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Francois du Plessis clubs another boundary during his unbeaten 113, Lancashire v Essex, Friends Provident Trophy quarter-final, Old Trafford, May 23, 2009
Faf du Plessis' prolific run in the MTN40 has won him a place in the World Cup preliminary squad © Getty Images

Cricket South Africa have named four uncapped players in the preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup and recalled batsman Jacques Rudolph and allrounder Johan van der Wath, who made themselves eligible for selection following the termination of their Kolpak deals with their respective counties. The list of 30 will be pruned to 15 for the final squad by mid-January

Batsman Jonathan Vandiar, allrounders Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar and seamer Ethi Mbhalati are the four players yet to play for the national team. du Plessis, who plays for Titans in domestic cricket, was the highest run-scorer in the recently-concluded MTN40 series, with 567 runs at an average of 81. Elgar, representing the title-winners Knights, averaged 39.57 while Vandiar, who plays for Lions, averaged 53.75 at a strike-rate of 122.15. du Plessis' team-mate Mbhalati also impressed with nine wickets at 22.

Rudolph, 29, last played an ODI for South Africa in February 2006 and had signed with Yorkshire before opting to return home. van der Wath had played for Northamptonshire before which he played in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League. Also back in the reckoning is wicketkeeper-batsman Morne van Wyk, who played his previous ODI in 2007.

"We indicated at the start of the season that we would reward players who performed well in domestic cricket," CSA's selection convenor Andrew Hudson said. "There have been some highly impressive performances in the MTN40 and this has opened the door of opportunity for the likes of Faf du Plessis, Jonathan Vandiar, Ethy Mbhalati and Morne van Wyk among others."

Preliminary squad: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Alviro Peterson, Loots Bosman, Jacques Rudolph, Morne van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, JP Duminy, David Miller, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Mark Boucher, Thami Tsolekile, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Johan Botha, Ryan McLaren, Charl Langeveldt, Rusty Theron, Ethy Mbhalati, Roelef van der Merwe, Johan van der Wath


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Posted by Dummy4 on (December 21, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

Have they forgotten Justin Kemp? Why is he not selected, now that he is available for selection in the mainstream after the ICL was scrapped, and he is such a hard-hitting batsman.

Posted by Pieter on (December 20, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

@neville smeda: langeveldt is ageing but remains a great death bowler and because he is a player of colour and he could add to rsa's 7 players of colour requirement. amen i-s-r-a-r amen! mark boucher is a must because of is experience, match-winning ability and fighting spirit.. also we need ab de villiers as a backward point fielder i say colin ingram and david miller should be left out because they are still young and would get their chance in 2015wc..also jacques rudolph and faf du plessis have to be included in the odi series against india to get match practice and to battle for a place in the wc squad

Posted by Pierre on (December 20, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

SA 15 - Batsmen: Smith, Amla, Kallis, AB, J.Vandiar... Utility players: M.Van Wyk, Botha, Faf.d.P.... Bowlers: Steyn, M.Morkel, Theron. Back-up: R.Peterson, Ingram, A.Morkel, Millar............. side note: Smith - I would like to see him bowl more, especially in Indian conditions... (and can someone pls explain exactly what is the issue with Tanvir, is he eligible or not - and his he actually in the selectors radar?)

Posted by Firhaat on (December 20, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

I am really dissapointed by the spin bowling prospects in this team, as i dont rate peterson, Botha and Van der merwe very highly. S.A needs a really good spinner desperately if we want to win the world cup!

Posted by Gordon on (December 19, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

I fully agree Harish that Kemp should be in the squad. Maybe why they didn't pick him is because he hardly bowls often now however I was pretty confident he could bowl atleast 5 overs. To me Kemp is the ideal replacement for Albie Morkel if Morkel started bowling poorly like he does fairly often.

Posted by nisal on (December 19, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

A strong squad like many nations but i think they've put in around 5 unnecessary players which have either finished their cricketing careers or are a few years too young to make their debut, especially in a tournament like this one. Hard XI to select but with their not-so-great form, past history in tournaments and their cricketing history in the subcontinent, the question is whether South Africa can fire all the way. Good Luck!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (December 19, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

davey jacobs could've been included he plaved awesome in CL t20

Posted by Danish on (December 19, 2010, 4:13 GMT)

My prediction for SA: runner-up. My XV: Smith, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers (wk), Duminy, A Morkel, Miller, Botha, Van Der Merwe, M Morkel, Steyn. Extras- Rudolph, A Peterson, Theron, Mbhalati.

Posted by Wesley on (December 18, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

I really hope rudolph plays because he is a world class player and he was the highest one day run scorer in england last year and he has pure class. and he can open or play middle order

Posted by Dummy4 on (December 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT)

Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Alviro Peterson,Morne van Wyk,JP Duminy, David Miller, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn,Johan Botha, Ryan McLaren,Rusty Theron

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