Australia in South Africa, 2006 February 17, 2006

Bosman called up for Twenty20

Cricinfo staff



The selectors have backed their captain Graeme Smith ... again © Getty Images
South Africa have announced their squads for the Twenty20 match and the one-day series against Australia - and they also took the step of announcing yet another vote of confidence in captain Graeme Smith following a disappointing tour of Australia. In his last eight one-dayers and eight Tests, Smith has averaged just over 20 in both forms of the game.

"We wish to state that we have absolute confidence in Graeme Smith's leadership and batting abilities," Gerald Majola, the CEO of Cricket South Africa, said in a statement. "We believe that Graeme and the Proteas can turn the tables in South Africa."

It's the second time in two weeks that Majola has come out in support of the captain. On February 7th, the day when the central contracts were announced, Majola insisted "Cricket South Africa has the fullest confidence in Graeme Smith as captain of the Proteas."

To this end Vince van der Bijl, the board's manager, said that South Africa were going to adopt a more determined approach. "Both Graeme and Mickey [Arthur] are confident that the team effort will be more rutheless and that fielding errors have been eradicated."

Loots Bosman, Roger Telemachus and Neil McKenzie have all been selected in the Pro20 side, as part of the selectors' aim to rest and rotate players before next year's World Cup. The spinners Thadi Tshablala and Robin Peterson have also earned a call-up, with Peterson also making a return to the one-day squad.

AB de Villiers has earned a recall to both squads after he was dropped for the VB Series in order to rediscover his touch in the shortened version of the game at domestic level. "No one doubts AB's talents," the chairman of selectors, Haroon Lorgat, said in a statement, "and the way he responded to our request to play in the domestic Pro20 games was outstanding."

Justin Kemp is in both squads, but his participation will be subject to passing a medical. Andre Nel will also undergo a fitness test this week, but is hoping to play in the ODIs. But Jacques Kallis has been excluded from both squads as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

Makhaya Ntini returns after injury, which will be a fillip to a South African side who followed up a disappointing 2-0 Test defeat to Australia by winning just three of eight one-day matches.

South Africa Pro20 squad Graeme Smith (capt), Loots Bosman, AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Neil McKenzie, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Roger Telemachus, Thandi Tshablala, Johan van der Wath.

One-day squad Graeme Smith (capt), Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Johan van der Wath.

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