Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 October 11, 2013

Amla, Steyn return to South Africa's T20 squad

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Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn have been named in South Africa's T20 squad for the two-match series against Pakistan in the UAE next month. Batsman Farhaan Behardien and the seamer Rory Kleinveldt were the two players left out of the T20 squad that toured Sri Lanka in July.

Amla last played a T20 in December 2012. He relinquished the limited-overs vice-captaincy in February when South Africa announced separate captains for all three formats. He had asked not to be picked for T20s in 2013, but it appears as if he is willing to commit to the shortest format. He is the third opening batsman in the squad, with Henry Davids and Quinton de Kock in the mix.

"Hashim is a world-class player across all the formats," said Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson. "His experience and stability at the top of the order are qualities that we believe will strengthen the squad in a key area."

Steyn last played in the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. With the next edition of the tournament in March-April in Bangladesh, the coach Russell Domingo had made it clear that players had to be part of the squad regularly if they wanted to be picked for tournaments. Steyn took part in the Champions League in India for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"It is great to have Dale back as it means we now have all our senior players available again," Hudson said. "There was also some encouraging form shown at the Champions League T20, notably by Henry Davids, who was unquestionably the batsman of the tournament until the Titans were knocked out."

The allrounder Chris Morris was not named in any of the limited-overs squads for the tour. South Africa play the two T20s in Dubai after the two Tests and five ODIs.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, David Wiese

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  • SurlyCynic on October 12, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    And as far as 'other countries' go, I've never seen another country replace a retiring test keeper with a 32 yr old who averages less than 30 at first class level. Yes, Boucher only averaged just over 30 at test level, but Thami couldn't even average that at provincial level! Sad but true, and the very definition of a 'cricketing reason'.

    Thankfully the team have moved on to better things and so should we.

  • SurlyCynic on October 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    ZCFOutkast : There's not much point in you telling me what I think, as I was calling for Boucher to go for years! AB keeping wicket in tests has given us a long batting order which was very useful in Aus. I think Thami's poor batting IS a 'cricketing reason'.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 12, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @Surlyman what counts to me is that Tsolekile is a better keeper than Boucher and would've had a better batting average than Boucher.

    If horrible Boucher hadn't injured his eye, he would've carried on keeping and YOU would've been happy for that to continue, even though Thami would've been a better alternative. Anyway, Boucher's not there, Thami was ignored and you would struggle to convince me that it was for cricketing reasons.

    I've seen other countries call up a keeper as as replacement even though they had class batsmen who could keep in the XI like AB, plus even better batsmen in the touring squad as substitutes. Stop reducing Tsolekile's absence to cricketing reasons because we all know there's more to it!! #fact

  • SurlyCynic on October 12, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    ZCFOutkast: Look at Tsolekile's career batting stats and you'll understand why he never made the top level. I wish he could bat better as he is a decent keeper, and has improved since that England tour where he struggled behind the stumps.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 12, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @Wayne Perry, focus your attention on Quinton de Kock who has been downright pathetic and his selection an insult to Kuhn&Vilas(all in the name of keeping Tsolekile out of the team since they couldn't keep him out of the Test XI and justify picking those two in the LOI squads so they went with a youngster way out of his depth camouflaged as development). Wiese has also shown that like Kemp, he will just be punching above his weight at this level.

    There is no way Phangiso should be making way for Tahir or anyone in this squad! But I'd be happy to take RvdM over RobbieP&Tahir anyday! Albie/Gqamane should be selected ahead of McLaren.

    Anyway, as it stands, if I was to drop anyone from this team it would be Faf the captain, Parnell & de Kock!

  • dummy4fb on October 12, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I think it's a good step to bring these 2 match winners in the side, but the thing is that these two haven't had much success when it comes to the T20I format

  • landl47 on October 12, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Steyn is a wonderful bowler in every format. Amla, however, hasn't done much in T20Is- an average of 20, strike rate of 118 (just so you understand what that means, if every batsman had a strike rate of 118 SA would have an average score of about 140) and he's never made a 50, which for someone who is an opening bat in T20s isn't very good. This isn't out of line with his overall performance, either- in all T20s he has an average of 22, 3 50s and an even lower strike rate of 117.

    Amla is a great test and ODI bat, but he knows himself he isn't really suited to T20. I'm surprised SA has selected him.

  • dummy4fb on October 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    S Africa have struggled in their last two limited over tournaments - T20 world cup & champions trophy simply because unlike their world # 1 test team whose coloured players are in on merit of ability (Philander, Amla, Duminy, Alviro & Robin Peterson, Tahir) - the ODI/T20 are picking black/coloured players who dont merit a place & thus those teams are struggling to replicate the success of the test team.

  • SaadRocx on October 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    To me Michael Clarke is the Best Batsman in the World...look at the team he's playing with under all circumstances he's the Best.

  • android_user on October 11, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    plz bring B. Hendricks he is a good pace bowler may be a future leader of pace bowling.

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