Australia in South Africa 2011-12 October 5, 2011

South Africa call up Ryan McLaren for T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Ryan McLaren has replaced Albie Morkel in South Africa's squad for the two Twenty20 internationals against Australia on October 13 and 16. Morkel is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after suffering an abdominal muscle tear while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League Twenty20.

"Although it is a blow to lose Albie Morkel, Ryan McLaren has always done well for us in this format," Andrew Hudson, the convener of selectors, said. "He is one of the few bowlers to take five wickets in a T20 international. In addition he comes into the series in good form, having made a big century for the Knights at the weekend."

Mark Boucher also suffered an injury, to his hamstring, while playing for Warriors in the Champions League T20. He missed the final group game and is expected to recover in eight to 10 days, in time for the ODI series against Australia which begins on October 19.

Legspinner Imran Tahir, who is also in the ODI squad, had a mild groin strain and was withdrawn from the Dolphins squad for this weekend's SuperSport Series match as a precautionary measure. His availability for the ODI series was not in doubt.

South Africa have already lost AB de Villiers, their Twenty20 and ODI captain, for the limited-overs matches against Australia. de Villiers broke his finger during a training session with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Champions League Twenty20.

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  • Dimuthu on October 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    it's completely unfair to criticise him for getting injured during the CLT20! would he have sympathy from these same people if he got injured while carrying boxes in the off season earning money that way? if he played IPL/CLT20 while carrying an injury, THEN you could criticise him as it means he is losing time to recover to play intl games

  • Amahl on October 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    A fair selection, although he is not a like for like replacement. I know this will cause the whole 'playing commercial T20 risks fitness for international matches' issue to arise, but I think its time we just accept it is a fact of life from hereonin. To me, as long as players still commit themselves to playing for their country and keeping their international career as top priority, there isn't any reason why they shouldn't secure themselves financially. I'm sure Albie didn't intend to get injured and miss the Australia series.

  • Anver on October 6, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    A good replacement for Albie ....... Ryan will surely take this chance & try to cement his place in overs format !!!!!!!

  • jayanta on October 6, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    albie morkel should be picked in one day team also. The Proteas one day tem is look like a test team. no gibbs, no albie morkel. Hashim Amla hv any sort of experience in T20? How he can be a captain of T20 team? Mr. Hudson you need to think of your selection.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    I dont understand why all the fuss while injured playing cricket.. Money is equally important in any field.. Apart from the Army men, none are doing service.. The players do need to look after themselves too!! For example, Munaf got injured in England tour and missed CLT20.. He did lose some good amount of money.. Are u gng to pay for it? Then why blame the player for getting genuine injury while practice?

  • Rob on October 5, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    It's sadly all about the $ nowadays isn't it....

  • max on October 5, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    @gupta.ankur : very well said gupta .this players would never learn to play for their country.i respect clarke for sacrificing milliion dollars for his country.

  • ausaff on October 5, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    poor albie..would have loved to see him

  • ankur on October 5, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Another cricketer who has benefited from IPL and Clt20........

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