Australian in South Africa, 2011-12 October 3, 2011

Amla to captain ODIs and T20s against Australia

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Hashim Amla will make his international captaincy debut for South Africa in their upcoming T20 and ODI series against Australia. He replaces the injured AB de Villiers, who was named captain in both limited-overs formats in June. The series were due to be de Villiers' first as skipper but he was ruled out for between four and six weeks after breaking a finger while practicing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the Champions League.

Amla was chosen as de Villiers' vice-captain but there was speculation that he would not captain the side straight away, having never done the job before, and described himself as "more of a backroom guy." But the selectors have shown faith in their decisions and handed Amla the leadership role in both formats. Amla has only played three T20s for South Africa, but has plenty of experience in ODIs, having played 49 matches and is currently ranked the top batsman in the 50-over format.

de Villiers' absence also meant that South Africa had to search for a new wicketkeeper and have turned to an old favourite. Mark Boucher has been recalled to the ODI side having last played an ODI on South Africa's tour of West Indies in May last year. He was left out of the squad that took part in the World Cup earlier and had made public his desire to return to the limited-overs format of the game, insisting he has plenty of offer in that department. Heino Kuhn has been named wicketkeeper for the T20s while Morne van Wyk, who took part in the World Cup and can bat in the top five, has been excluded from both squads.

Andrew Hudson, the convenor of selectors, doesn't believe the one-day squad needs to be tampered with much, despite the disappointing World Cup campaign where South Africa crashed out in the quarter-finals. Boucher's inclusion will beef up the middle order along with David Miller, who replaces Colin Ingram. There are plenty of options in the bowling department, with all three spinners who did duty in the World Cup being retained, but no space for Albie Morkel who is only in the T20 squad.

"We will probably go in with seven batsmen, including Boucher at No. 7, and we have kept all our bowling options that worked well at the World Cup," Hudson said. "We will be able to go in with four specialist bowlers plus the back-up of Kallis, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis."

The only new cap is in the T20 squad which includes Cobras opening batsman Richard Levi. He has had an impressive run of form domestically and scored 43 off 27 balls in the team's Champions League opener against New South Wales. With the mix of youth and experience in the T20 squad Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn are being rested.

Both are taking part in the ongoing Champions League, and have enjoyed five months away from cricket since the end of the IPL, but Hudson said leaving them out was part of CSA's rotation policy. Imran Tahir, who burst onto the international scene at the World Cup, and took 17 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 16.88 for Hampshire in the English Friends Life t20 domestic tournament, has not been included in the T20 squad.

"With the ICC World Twenty20 less than a year away we need to keep a solid core of experience around the side," Hudson said. "At the same time we want to give younger players a run as well and this certainly applies in the case of Richard Levi and David Miller. We don't have a lot of T20 International matches before the ICC event so it is important that we give the likes of Levi, Miller and Colin Ingram an extended run."

Graeme Smith, who stepped down as T20 captain in August last year and ODI captain after the World Cup, and batted for the first time in a competitive match after having knee surgery for the first time on Saturday, has been named in both squads.

South Africa's series against Australia starts with a T20 on October 13 in Cape Town and that will be followed by another T20 in Johannesburg then three ODIs. The two-Test series starts on November 7 and the Test squad will be announced after three more rounds of SuperSport Series matches.

ODI squad Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Morne Morkel , Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

T20 squad Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Heino Kuhn, Richard Levi, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell , Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Smahuta on October 5, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @Bharathy Ravi - Why does he remind you of Hansie? Does he also have a weakness for leather jackets?

  • Smahuta on October 5, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Got to ask why the international players play these worthless leagues as well. Its not just about the injuries, now I hear Kallis is being rested for the t20's??? Should he not put country first and not play in the other competitions? I know its a good chance to see some other young talent on show, but I still want to see the best 11 on the field when I watch internation games. Grats to Amla though, hope it doesnt affect his batting in a negative way.

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    I hope that no more South African player gets injured while playing in CLT20. There is no use of playing in these T20 leagues for the players who play for their national teams regularly.

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    What is the need to play in these useless T20 leagues like IPL, Twenty20 Big Bash and CLT20? For the last 3 years India have been paying price after every IPL due to injuries and fatigue gained by the big players after every IPL. Now, is that happening to South Africa ? I still think that AB de Villiers' absence will not hurt South Africa against Australia. Also, I think that Albie Morkel must given another chance.

  • on October 4, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    someone who is having cricketing brain shud be the captain..........lets hope amla has it.....but i can see "hansie" in "botha"!!

  • Trevor_G on October 4, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Subhash Devadiga: you are right. Even though I have congratulated Hashim on his new captaincy roles, it has been in the back of my mind that the incredible powers of focus and concentration that some of the world's top batsmen (e.g., Hashim) maintain may be interrupted by the duties required of a captain.

  • on October 4, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    I'm very Happy Go Amla make us proud

  • Robster1 on October 4, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Not sure how Parnell holds a squad place, whilst Albie Morkel for the ODIs and in the T20 squad Robert Frylinck miss out. Good to see Levi called up though. Sadly it seems to be the end of the road for Van Wyk.

  • smartguy786 on October 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Great Move Cricket SA, show faith in your VC, AMla well done, you have made us proud

  • Major_Hammad on October 4, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Congratulation to Lagend Hashim Amla for new job, best of luck Hashim Amla......

  • Smahuta on October 5, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @Bharathy Ravi - Why does he remind you of Hansie? Does he also have a weakness for leather jackets?

  • Smahuta on October 5, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Got to ask why the international players play these worthless leagues as well. Its not just about the injuries, now I hear Kallis is being rested for the t20's??? Should he not put country first and not play in the other competitions? I know its a good chance to see some other young talent on show, but I still want to see the best 11 on the field when I watch internation games. Grats to Amla though, hope it doesnt affect his batting in a negative way.

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    I hope that no more South African player gets injured while playing in CLT20. There is no use of playing in these T20 leagues for the players who play for their national teams regularly.

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    What is the need to play in these useless T20 leagues like IPL, Twenty20 Big Bash and CLT20? For the last 3 years India have been paying price after every IPL due to injuries and fatigue gained by the big players after every IPL. Now, is that happening to South Africa ? I still think that AB de Villiers' absence will not hurt South Africa against Australia. Also, I think that Albie Morkel must given another chance.

  • on October 4, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    someone who is having cricketing brain shud be the captain..........lets hope amla has it.....but i can see "hansie" in "botha"!!

  • Trevor_G on October 4, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Subhash Devadiga: you are right. Even though I have congratulated Hashim on his new captaincy roles, it has been in the back of my mind that the incredible powers of focus and concentration that some of the world's top batsmen (e.g., Hashim) maintain may be interrupted by the duties required of a captain.

  • on October 4, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    I'm very Happy Go Amla make us proud

  • Robster1 on October 4, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Not sure how Parnell holds a squad place, whilst Albie Morkel for the ODIs and in the T20 squad Robert Frylinck miss out. Good to see Levi called up though. Sadly it seems to be the end of the road for Van Wyk.

  • smartguy786 on October 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Great Move Cricket SA, show faith in your VC, AMla well done, you have made us proud

  • Major_Hammad on October 4, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Congratulation to Lagend Hashim Amla for new job, best of luck Hashim Amla......

  • SudiptaS on October 4, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    surely, Johan Botha was a better choice? He is an excellent strategist. If he fits into the 11, there's no way someone else should be the captain....

  • T.SB on October 4, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Good choice in the absence of ABD....amla wil lead from the front...nice chance for him to be the next contender for full time captaincy..all the best.

  • anshu.s on October 4, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    S.A need to bring in new blood for eg : Rilee Russouw n Obus Piennar n David Wisse...... How does Robin Peterson n Mark Boucher figure in ?????

  • on October 4, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Amla has been Prolific Batsman both in Test and One dayers it is not the best of time to give him captaincy and effect his bating ,Further Ian Botha hae proved an Excellent Captain in the Past too

  • on October 4, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    They should consider having Kallis open with Amla in the ODIs. He could attempt to play a role similar to that of Tendulkar for India. Then one could have JP Duminy or Colin Ingram batting at three (or even de Villiers for that matter).

  • on October 4, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    MASA ALLAH......................................Amla to captain ODIs and T20s against Australia.................................

  • akbars38 on October 4, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Mashallah...

    Mubarak Hashim Amla Bhai.

    Now show your Leadership skills too.

  • HatsforBats on October 4, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    @ landl47: thanks mate, took me ages to think that one up. Just trying to help a struggling cricketer, part of my greater plan to bring the British Empire back to its former glory... p.s. if you want to take Haddin off our hands too that would be great.

  • Nightwing32 on October 4, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I'm all for Amla captaining but what about Botha? He captained very well against Australia in Australia to win the ODI series in 2008/09.

  • on October 4, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    All the Amla..... hope fully you guys will rock again

  • on October 4, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    luv to see Albie in SA T20 team again.

  • jazba-e-junoon on October 4, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    go amla go.your my hero.i wish u very gud luck.may Allah give u success.

  • on October 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    congratulation hasim amla for captancy

  • landl47 on October 4, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    @HatsForBats: Thank you for your kind suggestion that Morne Van Wyk might want to move to England. Great plan, although I do see a couple of trifling problems; Morne is 32 and by the time he qualifies to play for England he will be 36. Prior is 29, Kieswetter is 23 and Bairstow and Buttler, both wicketkeepers already in the England set-up, are 22 and 21 respectively. Oh, and all four of them are better bats than Morne. Other than that, it's a fine idea- one fully worthy of you.

  • Meety on October 4, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    @HatsforBats - LOL! Nice one! @Arthaurian - I agree, great cricketer, but at his age, the question is WHY? Surely he won't be around for the 2015 World Cup, whilst AB is almost a certainty to wear the gloves then, surely a Plan B must be in place. That being said Boucher is no older on than Haddin!!!! == == == Not sure what to make of the Saffa line up. Miller & Levi don't look too impressive, but its early in their International development. I think it will all depend on how the Saffas start each half of a game, when batting or in the field. Gee Amla's ODI stats are fantastic, batting ave of 57, laying claim to an ALL TIME GREATEST XI place. Bowling will rely on Morkel & Steyn. == == == I think Oz will win the ODIs, not sure about the T20s, they are a lottery depending on who rides their luck the best. Come the test series, dunno, thinking either 1 all or 1nil Oz.

  • Benzim on October 4, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    its grt news & much appriciated. Wish you good luck.

  • on October 4, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Good Luck Amla.You are the man in form and deserve the captaincy.Also as an Indian Fan I wish Guru Gary all the very best for his tenure as SA coach.We really miss you!

  • kms.javid on October 4, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    SA looks like a formidable team. I hope they will win against the Aussies. Good luck AMLA.

  • hansie_gill_ on October 4, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    AMLA is a good move ...I already told you guys Aus will crush them in all form of cricket in this season ...good luck for good cricket

  • hansie_gill_ on October 4, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Oh ..SA board should have called DAVe Richardson in place of Boucher.............they still ignore Davy Jacobs.......Why..why ?That is why those are chokers....

  • HatsforBats on October 4, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Poor Morne van Wyk can't get a game for SA. He could always move to the UK, after Prior & Kieswetter move on they'll need another keeper.

  • yamin101 on October 4, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Good luck .... Aamla..... Good luck..... SA

  • Trevor_G on October 4, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Hash: another note, please work on that beard! You have serious competition from Moeen ('Moe') Ali at Worcestershire. Otherwise the Cricinfo guys will have to amend the last sentence of your bio! No matter, I and my fellow fans will still love you! What a cricketer you are!

  • on October 3, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Excellent choice by the SA sellectors for the ODI captaincy, long overdue. All the very best for SA.Congrats Amla.

  • on October 3, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    @xenon555 I'm an Aussie and I'm inclined to agree, but because I'm a bit of a Tahir fan, I'd want him picked in the side. However, that means that the bowling attack would be 2 pace and 3 spin (plus Kallis), which is pretty unbalanced. Therefore I'd be inclined to leave Peterson out and have Tsotsobe in for a more balanced attack. It might be nearly okay to have 3 spinners if Kallis does a lot of bowling, but I don't think that will be the case, we'll just have to see.

  • on October 3, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Amla is so simple and down to earth person. I really love him, wishing him all the luck. Albie morkel should be given another chance. The guy can still serve SA cricket for another couple of years.

  • Rakim on October 3, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Now Amla is one in the greatest our era. Keep up good job Hashim!!

  • xenon555 on October 3, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    ODI: 1) Amla 2) Smith 3) Kallis 4) Duminy 5) Miller 6) Boucher 7) Botha 8) Peterson 9) Steyn 10) Morkel 11) Tsotsobe/tahir One batsman short. Ingram would have been a great inclusion.

  • Yolk_Eater on October 3, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    haha , try as hard as you may, buy you just can't let Boucher go, Hats off to him...

  • woodhaven on October 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    i love amla. he is best of the best

  • Kula_Bowls_Inswing on October 3, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    I agree with TWIC, where is Rudolph? He should be de Villiers's Replacement. SA's lower order was their weakness at the world cup & they will have to play Miller & du Plessis at 5 & 6 presumably, unless Boucher bats at 6, with Botha at 7. Either way, that doesn't address their problems from the world cup.

  • Arthaurian on October 3, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    The Mark Boucher inclusion has me completely dumb founded.

  • on October 3, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    we r proud of u Hashim Amla...insha allah u willl win this series for SA.. i hope u will be good leader too

  • leftarmtweaker on October 3, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    This is a joke. Exactly why South Africa will never win a tournament. They persist with out of form players. What has Wayne Parnell done to deserve his place? He took 29 wickets in all formats this season (17 matches) for Sussex and scored 270 runs. Very mediocre statistics. Probably the wisest decision they made was to bring in the uncapped Levi. Maybe these selectors should learn from England and instead of playing the more experienced players such as the Smith's and Kallis', they should bring in new blood. Blokes like Rilee Rossouw, Robert Frylinck and David Wiese need exposure to the International circuit. Average selections.

  • Valavan on October 3, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    whatever SA does, i think they wont win this ODI series.

  • bigwonder on October 3, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    So SA is now following England's lead? They too have 3 captains - hold on England has 4 captains now.

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    wish u all the best & luck Amla,u'l defineetly win the series...................trust on allah.....select thegood team out of 15...good luck again...

  • landl47 on October 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Without AB, the ODI batting looks pretty weak at 4.5.and 6. Miller only averages 26 in ODIs and 30 in first-class cricket. I guess Duminy bats 4, Miller 5 and Faf at 6, but that's not a line-up to strike fear in the hearts of opposing bowlers. Boucher's OK at 7 annd some of the bowlers can bat a bit, but a couple of early wickets and SA will struggle to make enough runs. The bowling's similar- Steyn and Morkel are world-class, Tahir's OK, and the rest are ordinary. Kallis is a rock, but when he retires, SA are going to be reliant on a few players to carry them and these days that's not enough.

  • St.as.ram.rod on October 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Albie is a bowler first and his bowling in left a lot to be desired. He is still very expensive to be a fourth bowler. He needs to improve to come in... As for Peterson, he is adding variety of SA attack and it was very evident the way he bowled in the WC. SA is going with the policy of specialist rather than their favored Allrounders policy...

    I too agree maybe Rudolph could have come in to strengthen the middle order as it is looking light...

    I really wish SA have a comprehensive series win, i really want them to become best... its abt time..

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Good, great! Loved this news. Take a bow my hero.You deserve all of this and perhaps even more. May Allah bestow the best of the best on you.

  • Trevor_G on October 3, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Congratulations and good luck Hashim! From a fellow Durbanite; but one who now lives in Colorado USA. Go Proteas!

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Where is Albie Morkel. Why they r neglecting him in one dayers??

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Dear Amla , Please win this series inshaallah if you win this series you will get the World Cup For SA.......our Prayers always with you

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    congratulation Mr.Hashim Amla..................

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    good luck ,, Hashim Amla , you making us pourd......

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    All the best my dear Amla........ May ALLAH bless u................. Use this opportunity well ..... u want to be the captain for SA for next 10 years...

  • TWIC on October 3, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Yet again SA leave a lot to be desired in the ODI squad. T20I doesnt really matter, but I have to question the selection of the ODI squad. We are playing in SA are we not? So why do we persist in picking Peterson over Albie? Why pick Botha, Faf, Peterson and Tahir? Why cant Botha and Tahir do?

    Heres the big question, where is the fifth batsmen? You cant tell me that Faf has been brought in to replace AB, he is much better suited as a no. 6 or 7 allrounder role. In the world cup we missed the finishers of Boucher, Miller and Albie so I am happy to see them back, two of them at least. Where is Jacques Rudolph in all this?

  • ausaff on October 3, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    would have loved albie in one dayers as well..SA missed him during WC ..

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  • ausaff on October 3, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    would have loved albie in one dayers as well..SA missed him during WC ..

  • TWIC on October 3, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Yet again SA leave a lot to be desired in the ODI squad. T20I doesnt really matter, but I have to question the selection of the ODI squad. We are playing in SA are we not? So why do we persist in picking Peterson over Albie? Why pick Botha, Faf, Peterson and Tahir? Why cant Botha and Tahir do?

    Heres the big question, where is the fifth batsmen? You cant tell me that Faf has been brought in to replace AB, he is much better suited as a no. 6 or 7 allrounder role. In the world cup we missed the finishers of Boucher, Miller and Albie so I am happy to see them back, two of them at least. Where is Jacques Rudolph in all this?

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    All the best my dear Amla........ May ALLAH bless u................. Use this opportunity well ..... u want to be the captain for SA for next 10 years...

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    good luck ,, Hashim Amla , you making us pourd......

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    congratulation Mr.Hashim Amla..................

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Dear Amla , Please win this series inshaallah if you win this series you will get the World Cup For SA.......our Prayers always with you

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Where is Albie Morkel. Why they r neglecting him in one dayers??

  • Trevor_G on October 3, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Congratulations and good luck Hashim! From a fellow Durbanite; but one who now lives in Colorado USA. Go Proteas!

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Good, great! Loved this news. Take a bow my hero.You deserve all of this and perhaps even more. May Allah bestow the best of the best on you.

  • St.as.ram.rod on October 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Albie is a bowler first and his bowling in left a lot to be desired. He is still very expensive to be a fourth bowler. He needs to improve to come in... As for Peterson, he is adding variety of SA attack and it was very evident the way he bowled in the WC. SA is going with the policy of specialist rather than their favored Allrounders policy...

    I too agree maybe Rudolph could have come in to strengthen the middle order as it is looking light...

    I really wish SA have a comprehensive series win, i really want them to become best... its abt time..