India in South Africa 2010-11 January 19, 2011

Albie, van Wyk drafted in for remaining ODIs


Albie Morkel, the South Africa allrounder, has replaced batsman David Miller in the squad for the fourth and fifth ODIs against India. Both players have not been included in South Africa's squad for the 2011 World Cup. Morne van Wyk, who is part of the 15-man squad for that tournament, has also been drafted in for the remaining ODIs.

"We've included Albie to assist with the balance of our squad in the absence of Jacques Kallis," Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, told ESPNcricinfo. "We need someone to bat at No. 7, because we had Johan Botha coming in there, so we've now got Albie."

Miller managed just 36 runs in two innings while his contender for the middle-order spot Faf du Plessis struck a half-century on debut to secure a place in the World Cup squad.

India lead the series 2-1.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Smith has no idea how to use players. First he destroyed Albie, by putting him at number 6/7 and calling him to bowl in the powerplays. If Smith was the captain when Kallis was new, I think he would have sent Kallis to no. 7 and ask him to score quick fifties in every match.

    Smith/ SA has to understand that not everyone is Lance Klusener. And even he couldn't do both the finishing job and good bowling for a long time.

    Now it's time for David Miller's career. This is sheer stupidity.

  • Tushar on January 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I heard some rumours here that had Albie not played for SA until next week, he would have qualified to play for England, and England would have taken this opportunity hands down; and just to spoil the pommie plan, SA selectors picked him in the squad... Not sure how true it is though

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    at start of iPL3 alblie was thrown out of d team because of lack of form! but still at dat bad situation also dhoni put him in csk team! dhoni user him superbly!! slowly he got form during dat ipl season nd he also played a vital role in d wins!! dat is what dhoni have on albie!! but smith doesnt know how to use his talent!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    hasim smith kallis gibbs AB de Villiers duminy albie botha steyn morkel tsotsobe perfect 11

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and its good to know that selection blunders are not limited to our team only lol..Albie Morkel would have been a better choice than Robin Pietersen any given day!! The only reason I can come up for Pietersen`s inclusion in the WC side is the quota system in South Africa..lastly, I dont understand the hype about South Africa being the favorites in the world cup..they cant chase 191 at home against India and then let them win when they should have finished the match easily, goes to show their chokers tag is well deserved!!

  • somesh on January 20, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    finally a gud selection by sa.............

  • Kunal on January 20, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    CAN ANYONE PLEASE CONFIRM whether teams can change squad members till February 8?

  • anik on January 20, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    resting steyn who is certain the bowling line up should have been - ablie, mclaren,, tosobe, parnel with tahir and peiterson. CSA should understand this series win was needed or testing the 13th, 14th and 15th player to make the list final for WC. they have gone the wrong way with peiterson, tahir not tested. waht will happen is kalis is unfit. Is parnel better or mclaren, or albe no one knows not even SA. is VAN WYK better or a second batsmen. Totaly Wrong? India Aalso should have played aswin or chowla

  • Dinesh on January 20, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Remember what Mahinder Amarnath said about selection panel? He was not talking about Indian panel alone. This "Bunch of Jokers" is an elite club. India and Pak are founder member. England's membership was signed after that Pattinson (who) selection. Aus was recently included after Beer's selection. Leaving Albie out of WC squad? Ahhhh. Welcome to this elite club SA.

  • Balaji on January 20, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    The Confidence that Dhoni is having on Albie is missing with Smith . This is where the difference lies between dhoni and smith . Dhoni Retained Albie for CSK . I am sure he'd have definitely insisted the CSK owners to retain him . But in case of Smith, he is not good at choosing players and not good at measuring the talent possessed by each player and thats why Dhoni is Successful than Smith .

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