New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13

Kallis rested from ODIs against New Zealand

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January 6, 2013

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Quinton de Kock made 28 off 23 balls, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20 international, Durban, December 21, 2012
Wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock played in the T20s against New Zealand © AFP
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South Africa have named four uncapped players - Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien and Rory Kleinveldt - in their ODI squad for the three-match series against New Zealand this month. Jacques Kallis was rested while JP Duminy is still recovering from the Achilles' injury he sustained in Australia.

In keeping with their redesign of limited-overs sides, six of the group that last played fifty-over cricket for South Africa in England in September have been left out. Apart from Duminy, whose exclusion was forced, Dean Elgar, Wayne Parnell, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir and Justin Ontong all missed the cut.

Elgar is perhaps the most surprising omission as convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson said he was "part of their future plans." He played in all five fixtures in England, batted in four of them but scored 93 runs and not a single half-century. He has since played Tests for South Africa and may be tasked with focusing on that. Colin Ingram has taken his place for now, having not played for South Africa in a year.

Ontong may consider himself unlucky having done well when he was picked in the Twenty20 squad against New Zealand. He played in the final fixture in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day and brought up his highest score of 48.

Tahir was dropped from the Test squad after his disastrous performance in the Adelaide Test where he conceded 260 runs without taking a wicket. He has since been sent back to the domestic game to regain confidence where he took 12 wickets in a first-class fixture this weekend to show that he is slowly getting there.

Parnell picked up a wrist niggle which ruled him out of the Twenty20s and it seems he has done the same for the ODIs. He will see a specialist this week to determine an estimated come back period. Morkel has also battled with injury recently and has not overcome his chronic ankle problem. He may even require surgery to overcome the problem completely.

Someone who has recovered from an ankle problem is Lonwabo Tsotsobe who has been named in the ODI squad. Tsotsobe was due to play in the T20s against New Zealand but needed a two to three week rest period after his ankle flared up. Once the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world, Tsotsobe has also fallen down the pecking order and will want to rectify that in this series.

AB de Villiers returns to captain the side after CSA granted his request to be rested from the T20s. He is unlikely to keep wickets, however, as part of his workload management program. De Kock will take the gloves, as he did during the T20 series.

The rest of the group is made up of a familiar core of experience with Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, the pace duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, although both may be rested as the series wears on, and Robin Peterson.

Petersen will be partnered by Aaron Phangiso who played in the T20s after an impressive domestic run. The latest spin decision means that Johan Botha is unlikely to make a comeback. Botha relocated to Australia last October after he asked to be released from his CSA contract and although he remains available for selection, it seems the administration is looking to the future.

"We only have the three ODI matches against New Zealand plus another five against Pakistan to prepare our squad for the Champions Trophy in the middle of the year," Hudson said. "The Champions Trophy also marks the halfway point to the next World Cup so this is a critical part of our preparation to win these two major events."

South Africa's quest for ICC silverware is well documented. The last trophy they won was the ICC KnockOut Trophy, which later became the Champions Trophy, in 1998 and tried everything in pursuit of further glory. The next experiment in that regard starts with the series against New Zealand.

The three matches will be played in Paarl, Kimberley and Potchefstroom, starting on January 19, three days after the second Test is scheduled to end. Ryan McLaren, who is part of the one-day squad, has been called up as cover for the Test squad but will not play. Vernon Philander is nursing a left hamstring strain and is likely to sit out of the Port Elizabeth match. Kleinveldt will take his place and McLaren will only be used in an emergency.

South African ODI squad: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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Posted by Stanmorne-17 on (January 9, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I'm also happy with Quintin's selection, which I believe will reduce AB's workload and let him perform at his best. Davids & Miller is really unlucky to make the cut!

Posted by StaalBurgher on (January 8, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Kallis should only play Test matches. ODIs and T20s are rubbish and he shouldn't be wasted on them.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

I understand the need to manage his workload to ultimately extend his test career but I'm not sure I totally buy into this strategy/policy of resting Kallis for ODIs...I mean I can't remember the last time he played a full 50 over game it was that long ago?. If he doesn't or isn't going to figure in the Proteas plans for this format then perhaps CSA should do the unthinkable; think about the long term and retire him from it.. period..but at the same time give him a chance to let him finish ODIs on his own terms. If he was asked I'm sure he would want to play - he's said he still enjoys all three formats - so either back him to produce in white ball cricket; he still has a very decent batting and bowling average or tell him he is no longer required. However how do you retire the worlds leading all rounder& one of the greatest players of all time when he's stated that he wants to go thru to the 2015 World Cup which is still played over 50 overs?

Posted by gibbs.175 on (January 7, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

That is good selection but WHY did SA board drop ELGAR ...MR Hudson should give him more chances...He has talent to play at international level.....GOOD LUCK...

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 7, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Smith should retire from ODIs and T20s...His best years in limited overs are in the past. He needs to focus on keeping SA no.1 in test cricket. Yes, he has scored a hundred against Sri Lanka but my real concern is that biff has lost that unique ability where he would come out and dominate attacks in this format. These days its a case of knuckling down, which is great for tests not limited over games.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Is Smith still part of 2015? Thatz a baggage, i mean how can he look into a youngster and say 'son this is how its done in big games'..Is Albie still injured? guess he is saving himself for IPL 6 where he is more popular and highly respected.

Posted by quittthewhinging on (January 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Like a number of other posters I'm glad they selected Quinton de Kock. The sooner the selectors sort out the w/k problem the better. AB is no solution in the long term. Youth shouldn't be a factor unless the player concerned starts to have a problem getting his head through the dressing room door. Quinton is lucky that he has Alviro Petersen & Neil McKenzie as mentors in his franchise side & I hope he listens to them & keeps his feet on the ground.

btw Quinton. Time to start wearing a helmet while keeping!

Posted by quittthewhinging on (January 7, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

There are a number of players of a similar standard. It's a question of sorting out the wheat from the chaff. But there isn't much time left. I'm surprised that Davids & Miller didn't make the squad.

Posted by TsoroM on (January 7, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

@ THE_MIZ, totally agree with you there. Levi is currently failing to last first overs in T20I cricket let alone score runs as briskly as he should be doing. He technique needs some serious work and he needs to learn that there are 2 scoring avenues on either side of wicket. And after that brilliant showing in T20I's I honestly thought we would see Davids in the ODI set up @ least for this series to see how he goes, there's a brilliant, matured limited overs cricketer in him who is in great nick at the moment too!Hopefully they give him a crack soon.

Posted by duncanmoo on (January 7, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Xolile yes he is an exciting prospect, but a bit fresh, Kleinveldt and Phangiso as the new caps have a lot more first class experience behind them and Phangiso offers unique variety with left arm spin, and he really deserves a run with the results of the last season. Give Gcamane another season.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

who's gonna open the batting with Smith? Amla? Should've had Davids in there good aggressive opener better one day form than Smith at the moment.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT)


totally agree, he has a bowling average of 17 and a handy batting average of 20. Great bowling prospect, young and gives good black African representation for youngsters starting to follow the game.

Posted by BellCurve on (January 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

I would have liked to see Ayabulela Gcamane in the squad. He is the brightest black cricket prospect in the country. He could develop into a genuine bowling all-rounder. The selectors need to be braver and bolder.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 7, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

@tickcric I reckon SA could field a decent 2nd team now which could probably trouble so of the lower test nations. Always a sign of a good team, if there is real depth in every department.

I feel gutted for Miller, he had a solid T20 series, why is Ingram getting yet another chance?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

But where is poor Miller? I feel pity for such talent being wasted...

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

@stormy16: saf don't need a so-called x-factor who wets pant seeing spin bowlers.

Posted by pops2 on (January 6, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

De Lange is injured, which is why he did not go to England or Oz

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 6, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

@stormy16, I think to be brutally honest, one match wonder Richard Levi should first develop his game and prove he can score all round the wicket before being considered again. X factor or not, he needs to be more consistent. Davids really should have been chosen as he fits what Levi lacks currently: Consistent, Level-headed (not overly aggressive), and all the shots in the book.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 6, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Fair squad though I agree with people here asking for tahir's inclusion. It baffles me that he has not played an ODI since the World Cup, where if you remember, he performed excellently! He got injured (i think) and never played an ODI again? I think Tahir for Phangiso should have been made. Also why not pick Davids? Considering that he was picked based on 50-over form for the T20s? Otherwise I think is a good squad.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

The SA selectors make the best moves and the bravest one's which seem to always payoff and De Kock is one of them. I think this guy is a serious talent and could resolved SA's wicket keeping issues once and for all. Phangiso is an inspired selection and worthy one and could be a good replacement for Botha. I am surprised that Levi wasnt considered, I know he has failed but he is an x-factor player that could win games on his own. Where is De Lang?

Posted by sasi on (January 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

dave miller where the hell is he, ingram give me a break

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@ Ashley Brackstone - minnows yes the same guys who defeated South Africa in World Cup 2011 quarter final

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Always new DeKock will make the team... Nurtured right and he could be the Proteas' future captain in the limited over formats... Still say Bodi could have been given the chance against the minnows.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 6, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

As a person who bowled some pretty woeful legspin at school I can tell you it is not good enough to bowl 5 on the spot each over. At test and ODI level it's not even good enough to bowl 6 on the spot occasionally. You have to bowl with relentless control, a la Warne, Kumble, Murali and build the pressure cooker. These 3 guys were freaks and I'm afraid Tahir, decent as he is, is 1 or 2 leagues below their level. Great that SA gave him a decent punt, he gave us something different and something to talk about, but I'm afraid his ship has sailed. He's getting long in the tooth anyway. Plenty more to talk about in SA cricket.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

I'm done with Tahir. Terrible last couple of Test matches. You think he seriosuly can play *so* much better because it's a LOI? He's going to stop bowling rank long hops and full-toss buffet balls because he's wearing a green shirt rather than a white one? No sir.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Pity Tahir was not selected, my heart goes out to him. Clearly he is better in the shorter form of the game. What about Davids, he was brilliant in the T20's and shouldve replaced Smith.

Super happy about Quinton de Kock getting picked, lets hope AB doesnt keep !!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

i think tahir iS far more better than Phangiso .. hE had gone for a lot of runs against Australia but still he is class player..

Posted by anuajm on (January 6, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

In order to establish Tahir as an aggressive spin bowling option in Test cricket, SA might have surely missed a trick. Tahir performed amazingly in the ODI's in the World cup and has not played a match since. Now they have almost lost Tahir..

Posted by Gordo85 on (January 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

I think with Tahir you only need to look at his ODI stats so far to see how good he is in the shorter format of the game. Even if he never plays another Test again I am sure he will play for South Africa again for them in the ODI's at some point. Then after that who knows he might blow everyone away with how well he plays in ODI's and get a call up to the Test side again. But one step at a time and he might come back at some stage.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

I also think Tahir deserves one more chance.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Excited about the future of the team, young players like de Kock and Phangiso

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

vrey gud 2 see de koock in odi squad devdis should also be part in odi he was in gr8 form

Posted by Fareen on (January 6, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Van zyl would have been a fairer choice than behardien. But it still looks a solid team. Hope De Kock will play as a wicketkeeper as AB would get some rest. And Tahir performed exceedingly well in ODI's for S.Africa, he could have been an option too.

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