Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 February 20, 2013

Du Plessis appointed full-time T20 captain

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Faf du Plessis, the South Africa batsman, has been appointed full-time Twenty20 captain, beginning with the matches against Pakistan, after AB de Villiers requested to stand down from the role. The development means South Africa will have a different captain for each format, with Graeme Smith leading the Test side, de Villiers the ODI team and du Plessis the T20 side.

Jacques Kallis was once again rested from the limited-overs squads to play Pakistan - he had missed the games against New Zealand too - as South Africa seek to manage his workload. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Hashim Amla had asked for a break from T20 cricket this year to focus on the other two formats and so was left out of the squad, as was Dale Steyn, who was also rested.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel, who will miss the third Test in Centurion because of a hamstring injury sustained at Newlands, was named in the ODI squad but will be replaced by the uncapped Kyle Abbott for the T20 matches. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who is missing the Tests against Pakistan because of an ankle injury, was also named in both limited-overs squads.

Henry Davids, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris and Quinton de Kock, who made their T20 debuts against New Zealand, were retained in the squad, but wicketkeeper de Kock lost his ODI spot to David Miller. De Villiers will keep wicket in the ODIs.

"AB has expressed that sometimes he feels that he is not sure about T20 cricket so we have decided to give Faf the leadership," South Africa coach Gary Kirsten said. "The decision to make AB keep again is because we feel that is our strongest combination. Quinton de Kock will learn from the chances he had and he will be back at some point.

Du Plessis had filled in for de Villiers as captain during the T20 series against New Zealand at home as well, after de Villiers cited the need for rest because of his workload, which includes wicketkeeping.

"Handing Faf the T20 captaincy is an exciting option for us to explore our leadership resources," Kirsten said. "He showed a lot of potential during the series against New Zealand in both the T20 and ODI formats, and this will be another great opportunity for him to work on his role as a leader.

"Having three captains also allows us to spread the resources among our three formats, with Graeme (Smith) and AB also providing the ideal support in the Test and ODI formats. This is an important year for our limited-overs squads and this new direction is an exciting step forward."

The Champions Trophy during the summer in England is the next major ODI tournament and Kirsten said South Africa had a settled team for that campaign. "The balancing has been tried to rest players to explore a couple of new guys. We've got a strong team [for the Pakistan series]," Kirsten said. "It's only Jacques Kallis who does not get considered and JP [Duminy] who is injured. I am negotiating with Kallis around involvement in the Champions Trophy and he has expressed interest in it. We would look to play him in a major trophy."

ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Twenty20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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  • Anupam on February 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @ Smahuta on (February 21, 2013, 19:07 GMT) I agree about kallis ODIs matches after WC. if kallis is going to play Next WC then he will be in the regular Odis matches, IF he is not going to play the next WC then he must retire from ODIs. SA is not rotating their bowler as AUS does. Because the bench bowler are also injured (tsotsobe, de lange) thats why Klienveldt & abott is having chances.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    50 over cricket is like asking footballers to play a 7 aside world cup. Its just not the true test of who the best is. Fun as 50 over is TEST CRICKET is the true test.

  • Gavin on February 21, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @Nick636 Winning begets winning. A Team that gets used to losing will keep losing. The ICC tournament is very close now and the world cup not long after that. Kallis is irreplaceable, no point trying to find someone to fill his shoes. Is he going to turn up at the world cup having not played a single ODI for 2 years or so? Not smart imo. As for rotating bowlers, not smart either, they never get into the groove properly. It just seems to me that they don't take ODI's seriously enough, and then we all wonder why they cant win a series at home, never mind an ICC trophy.

  • Anupam on February 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Lahore-Badshah on (February 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT) are you serious spin theory applies on every team but not for SA. check out their history. and imp. thing is that AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (steyn, morkrl, phil, tsot, de lange) can destroy any fortress anywhere , any pitch against any team.

  • Anupam on February 21, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    With this ODI team SA never prepared for WC. SA need kallis in Odis. klienveldt not impressive. his bowling action is exposive. Mclaren & albie not proved there all round qualities. SA need one test allrounder like or upto legendry kallis. I remember those players one of fav. allrounder B.Macmillan, kalis, klusener, cronje, etc

  • Anupam on February 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Ohh i worry that this will not hamper his test batting. what about duminy? he is the good option or Ontong. MY t20 team- Bodi, Elgar, Bosmann/duminy, Faf, D.Miller, ontong (cap), de Kock, phasingo, tsotsobe, alfonso thomas, Cornelius de Villiers. FaF is a very promising player, now he is an imp. member of the NO.1 team.

  • hoosain on February 21, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    The very talented Waleed Wayne Parnell deserves a spot in the limited overs side, man he is an admirable swing bowler.When Waleed hits that ball out of the park, its stays hit. The man can clear the park. Waleed, stay confident you will make that side soon, god willing. Waleed still remains the youngest South African to ever have recieved an international contract. Albie morkel is also another match winner on his day.

  • Nick on February 21, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @ Smahuta

    Where do you get that they're trying to win World Cup with this side? That has not been mentioned ONCE! The thing is that they NEED to start fielding the younger guys, they NEED to find possible replacements for Kallis etc.

    And that is a lot of talent. I don't agree with Quinton losing his ODI spot, or with BEHARDIEN'S selection. (Gawd knows how he gets in there).

  • Gavin on February 21, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    And they are looking to win the world cup with this squad? What a joke, they are setting themselves up for failure with this side. Why do they never play their strongest squad and keep with them? . I've got to agree that AB should not be captain, he doesnt have a clue really. De Kock should be in the ODI squad giving him experience for getting him into the test side. Dont think Ill be watching the ODI series, cant bear the pain of losing before we start playing.

  • dj on February 21, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    How does Behardien keep getting selected ?

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