England in South Africa 2015-16 January 31, 2016

De Lange bolsters South Africa bowling stocks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marchant de Lange has the prospect of his first ODI for more than a year © Associated Press

Marchant de Lange has bolstered South fast bowling stocks ahead of the ODI series against England.

But the likelihood that Albie Morkel will also be added, following injuries to Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott, has receded because he has been afflicted by a back spasm.

Morkel's injury became apparent when he was playing in the Momentum One-Day Cup in East London. A decision on his involvement - or a replacement - is expected on Monday.

De Lange hardly advertised his wares when he took 2 for 69 for a South Africa A side thrashed by 163 runs by England in Kimberley in a warm-up match ahead of the series. But he now has the chance to add to his three ODI caps, the last of them won more than a year ago.

Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, reiterated that as well as the absence of Steyn, Abbott and Vernon Philander, there was also concern over the workload of Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel in the recent Test series which pointed to likely opportunities for de Lange to push his claims.

"Marchant gives us more options with our fast bowlers," Domingo said. "We need to manage the workloads of Morkel and Rabada, who have played a lot. We need to manage them over the next few days. We need to broaden our fast bowling base for this series.

"We have had a lot of injuries of late. Not having Dale and Vernon is a big blow, but it's an opportunity to test the depth of South African cricket and to provide opportunities for the fringe bowlers to step up and put in some good performances."

South Africa do have the encouragement of a 3-2 win against India in their last ODI series as they seek to redress the balance after a 2-1 defeat in the Test series. The opening match takes place at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

"In South Africa we will always want to be regarded as favourites in home conditions," Domingo said. "We have a good and settled side, we have been playing really well and we have some of the best one-day batsmen in the world."

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  • raj on February 3, 2016, 8:35 GMT

    Its about time that deLange is slated into the team as the main fast bowler. The over-reliance on Steyn and Vern has cost us a lot in the last two years. This is the time for transformation else we might lose de Lange in the long run due to lack of opportunity. We don't want that especially when our teams are experiencing defeats across all formats. Hope we can win this ODI series and bring the confidence back in the fans.

  • Brokensaint on February 2, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    Ja waterfallman he just does not have the shine and at 30 I think csa should invest in much younger players. theunis de bruyn comes to mind.

  • John on February 2, 2016, 16:17 GMT

    C'mon Big M! I can't wait for SA to roll out De Lange, Rabada and Morkel against us, the Aussies and SL later this year and into 2017. Nothing beats watching legitimate quicks playing on decks with a bit of life. Cricket is so heavily weighted against bowlers now outside of prepping square turners for the spinners that any chance you get to see batsmen hopping around the crease is a welcome break from the monotony of front foot lunging. I first saw him in the CPL and even on the torpid decks over there he was far and away the most threatening pace bowler. I can see how he might get a bit expensive but the strike factor is what counts in test cricket. SA needs to find a couple of tight wicket-to-wicket type guys that can bat to keep the "pitch count" down so they can rotate this potentially best in class pace trio (real pace) and keep them healthy and around for awhile (MM less likely). Now the SA batting on the other hand going forward......hmmm

  • Steve on February 2, 2016, 6:38 GMT

    Ingram was doing well batting at number 3 then they pushed him to open and he struggled. Like Van Zyl in the Test matches, Ingram was never really given much chance in his preferred batting positions. His ODI average as an opener is 15, but batting further down it is 39...as good as Duminy and Faf.

  • Brokensaint on February 1, 2016, 17:37 GMT

    Brian Colin has had way to many chances he just simply does not cut it on the big stage

  • Brokensaint on February 1, 2016, 17:36 GMT

    De lange has raw pace that's something we are lacking when porker Abbot is in the mix..I so think it's important that the bowlers are rotated more so that we have st least some depth when the current crop retires. that was not done through 0ut the previous years so the next wave of Bowlers were simply to inexperienced.

  • Kendal on February 1, 2016, 14:34 GMT

    @BrianFrench...yes Ingram is the forgotten man of SA cricket...think he is a Kolpak player now for Glamorgan, which rules him out. I know he was a bit inconsistent when he had his chances for SA but he was in and out the team with no settled batting role. Same old story really. When you see the long rope others of lesser talent get (not talking quotas here), and when you see the ease with which he churns out runs for the Warriors year after year you can't help but feel for the guy.

  •   Brian French on February 1, 2016, 10:25 GMT

    De Lange was expensive in both games against England - Maritzburg & Kimberley. Beuran Hendricks seems fit again. Both he and Patterson are bowling well for the Cobras and should come into contention. Why isn't Colin Ingram considered ahead of some of the current batsmen in the squad?

  • Vaughan on February 1, 2016, 8:53 GMT

    At last we have another bowler who can seamlessly bowl quicker than 150 clicks! There's no substitute for pure pace.

  • grant on February 1, 2016, 7:31 GMT

    Tests,ODI's and t20s are boring 1 over games are the best. Get 2 batsmen to slog an just 1 bowler and there you have it. A 10minute game. Ok realy now. I would rather watch a test match than a boring 20 a side game. Slogging for 20 overs is not cricket for me. Test a batsman for 5 days on a challenging wicket or a bowler against a good batsman. That is it for me.

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