England in South Africa 2015-16 January 15, 2016

Parnell in South Africa A side for England tour match


Wayne Parnell has not played an international match since July 2015 © Associated Press

Wayne Parnell has not played an international match in six months since South Africa's tour to Bangladesh, but remains a part of the senior side's plans. He was named in the South African A side that will play against England in the one-day match in Kimberly on January 30.

The fixture is a warm-up for the five-match ODI series that follows the four Test rubber. The A team, which includes two debutans, Titans' left-hander Qaasim Adams and Dolphins quick Andile Phehlukwayo, will be led by Test opener Dean Elgar. He has emerged as a possible contender for the Test captaincy, which the national selectors will decide this winter. Elgar's leadership role with the A team may provide clues as to whether he can take the job at a higher level.

Adams has been playing between two franchises this season, after he was sent on loan to Lions. He hit two half-centuries in his last two innings while Phehlukwayo impressed in the twenty-over competition semi-final, where he defended four runs off the final over. In the tournament overall, he took 12 wickets at 21.75, although he only has one wicket in the domestic fifty-over tournament.

"Qaasim and Andile have both done well in the franchise limited overs competitions and this is their opportunity to show what they can do at the next level," Linda Zondi, South Africa's convener of selectors said.

Parnell leads the one-day cup list with 10 wickets in four matches at 18.60, but has sat out since early December with a foot injury. He will lead an attack which also includes recent Test debutant Hardus Viljoen, allrounder David Wiese, and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso, who has been left out for ODI series against England. Dane Vilas will take the wicket-keeping gloves while Reeza Hendricks and Khaya Zondo are are the two other batsmen who have had stints with the national squad.

South Africa A team: Dean Elgar (capt), Qaasim Adams, Theunis de Bruyn, Reeza Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Vilas, Hardus Viljoen, David Wiese, Khaya Zondo

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Julian on January 20, 2016, 13:03 GMT

    How does Phangiso get selected to represent SA A when he has already been left out of the ODI squad to play England for disciplinary reasons?

  • Marius on January 19, 2016, 5:34 GMT

    The commenters have it right. The SA selectors are useless and ignoring serious talent.

  • Steve on January 18, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    Surely it was time to give Dwayne Pretorius an opportunity. Phehlukwayo averages 11 with the bat and 36 with the ball in List A matches. How can he be selected? No wonder our cricket is a mess.

  • greig on January 17, 2016, 5:54 GMT

    Dwayne Pretorius instead of Wiese for sure. All those clamouring for De Bruyn clearly missed all his dismal performances for SA 'A'

  • Akshay on January 16, 2016, 17:54 GMT

    Really poor team selection. Tried and tested players being tried again. We clearly know how Zondo and Pehlukwayo got in there , so no point talking about them , its seems the selectors have not seen their stats but only their color, they are not even club level players. Talented Players like Graeme van Buuren , Rassie van der Dussen , Yaseen Vallie , Dane Paterson, Heinrich Klaasen , Hieno Kuhn , Rudi Second , Tabraiz Shamsi, Corne Dry , Jeam Symes , Aiden Markram , Ian Hume etc keep getting ignored. Despite heavy losses in the recent months , color is still a priority over talent !

  • Cricinfouser on January 16, 2016, 1:57 GMT

    I think at 26 Parnell can officially not be classified a youngster anymore. To me he needs to find his niche pretty soon because his exposure and experience to international cricket has been plenty and he needs to take the next step now. You can't keep on picking a guy hoping the potential will kick in someday he has to earn the right to be picked

  • Gareth on January 15, 2016, 19:19 GMT

    Phehlukwayo's performances with ball and bat have been spotty so far, but he looks to have immense potential as an all-rounder! Would've preferred seing Dwayne Pretorius over Wiese...

  • viraj on January 15, 2016, 18:15 GMT

    Parnell is similar to Jadeja...bits n pieces player! Inconsistent and lacks ability to perform on international platform

  • Vaughan on January 15, 2016, 16:57 GMT

    Paper thin batting lineup!

  • Brokensaint on January 15, 2016, 15:36 GMT

    De bruyn is a great prospect amazing batsman should have gotten a chance a long time ago but quotas is his biggest obstacle

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