Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 December 30, 2011

Elgar, Kleinveldt in squad for Sri Lanka ODIs

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Dean Elgar, the uncapped left-handed batsman, and seamer Rory Kleinveldt have been included in South Africa's 14-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka. The series will also be the first chance for AB de Villiers as captain after injury meant he missed the matches against Australia.

Elgar, the Knights opening batsman, is the only rookie in the squad. Kleinveldt has already represented South Africa in two Twenty20 internationals, the latest one during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

The squad includes three changes from the one that faced Australia at home recently. de Villiers will take over the wicketkeeping duties from Mark Boucher alongside his captaincy duties, while Elgar replaces batsman David Miller and the selectors chose to switch legspinner Imran Tahir for Kleinveldt.

"We have chosen a squad of 14 for the first two games only," Andrew Hudson, the Cricket South Africa's selection convener, said. "Those members of the squad who are not involved in the final Test match in Newlands next week will be released to play for their franchises before the squad assembles on January 9.

"There have been a number of batsmen showing good form in domestic cricket, and Elgar fully deserves his opportunity," Hudson added. "He was the leading run-scorer in the One-Day Cup (567 runs) and also had the best average (81). In addition he gives us very useful bowling options as a left-arm spinner.

"Kleinveldt played an important role with the ball in helping the Cobras to win the One-Day Cup and he also has a lot of potential as a lower-order power hitter." Kleinveldt was the second-highest wicket-taker for the Cobras, taking 13 wickets in nine matches.

With Johan Botha and Robin Peterson the two specialist spinners in the side, Hudson said the committee didn't feel the need to include Tahir, even though he adds variety with his legspin.

"We feel we won't need three frontline spinners in South African conditions, so it makes sense to change the bowling balance of the squad slightly," Hudson said.

The first match starts on January 11 at Boland Park, Paarl.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    No Tharanga Paranavitha for next match,he should be dropped & Sanga will open the batting & bring Ajantha Mendis to the team,i'm sure if these changes will happen,we are waiting for another test victory in south Africa.if Ajantha is there SA will not get 150 mark,Sorry SA friends,newland pitch is ideal for Mendis,5,6 LBW will be there for Mendis.SL selectors should do this changes if you need to win with big margin means for easy victory.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | January 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @BadMoodHesh what i am talking about is nothing related with the new ball. This is something related to its geographical location.if you have seen asgiriya in kandy it has some similarities to cape town.i dont know how to cal it . but this unexpected swing while ball stay on the air is something special in cape town. this only happen early in the morning n only on some days.

  • POSTED BY kesy777 on | January 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Tharanga is not a good replacemnt for Para.. Coz tharanga's footwork & defence is very poor.he wudn't survive n South African pitches with da red ball. Of course tharanga's timing is excellent, bt in African pitches u need good technique & footwork.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka win the ODI's 4-1 against the Proteas?? I don't think so . . . More likely it will be 3-2 in the Proteas favour.

  • POSTED BY BadMoodHesh on | January 1, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @prksinghg: That was true those days when ODI's were played with one ball. Using 2 balls mean that the same wear and tear will take 30 overs instead of 15

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | January 1, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Presume Miller is injured and Levi is very close to being selected. In the long term it's too much to ask of AB to take the gloves and skipper. Tahir is definitely not a one day player and at his age is unlikely to become a proficient one at international level.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | December 31, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    when you play at cape town you should imagine you are playing at asgiriya in kandy.SL players, if they won the toss they should definitely bowl first. if they lost the toss, it will be a good tactical move to send rangana herath as a opener with TP and ask them to stay in the wicket for first 15 overs and not to play any strokes unless it straight come to the wicket.This ground can create drama withn 1st 15 overs only because of its location and for that reason it creates an unplayable air swing(only in the early morning). if you leave all those ball without any strokes bowlers cant do much with the bowl because its very hard to ball good in swingers in this pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    come on SA team .....! forgot about the past evil devil matches and I Praying the god this coming new year is bright for them 100% win. wish your happy new year my favorite Proteas Power House........!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    yup albie must have been in squad coz talent like him he should b da vice captain of squad

  • POSTED BY TheProteasMan on | December 31, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Where is Richard Levi?When opening for Cobras he alwyas outbatted Smith.A proven matchwinner unlike Elgar who like Trott looses more games, with his low strike rate.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    No Tharanga Paranavitha for next match,he should be dropped & Sanga will open the batting & bring Ajantha Mendis to the team,i'm sure if these changes will happen,we are waiting for another test victory in south Africa.if Ajantha is there SA will not get 150 mark,Sorry SA friends,newland pitch is ideal for Mendis,5,6 LBW will be there for Mendis.SL selectors should do this changes if you need to win with big margin means for easy victory.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | January 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @BadMoodHesh what i am talking about is nothing related with the new ball. This is something related to its geographical location.if you have seen asgiriya in kandy it has some similarities to cape town.i dont know how to cal it . but this unexpected swing while ball stay on the air is something special in cape town. this only happen early in the morning n only on some days.

  • POSTED BY kesy777 on | January 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Tharanga is not a good replacemnt for Para.. Coz tharanga's footwork & defence is very poor.he wudn't survive n South African pitches with da red ball. Of course tharanga's timing is excellent, bt in African pitches u need good technique & footwork.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka win the ODI's 4-1 against the Proteas?? I don't think so . . . More likely it will be 3-2 in the Proteas favour.

  • POSTED BY BadMoodHesh on | January 1, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @prksinghg: That was true those days when ODI's were played with one ball. Using 2 balls mean that the same wear and tear will take 30 overs instead of 15

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | January 1, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Presume Miller is injured and Levi is very close to being selected. In the long term it's too much to ask of AB to take the gloves and skipper. Tahir is definitely not a one day player and at his age is unlikely to become a proficient one at international level.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | December 31, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    when you play at cape town you should imagine you are playing at asgiriya in kandy.SL players, if they won the toss they should definitely bowl first. if they lost the toss, it will be a good tactical move to send rangana herath as a opener with TP and ask them to stay in the wicket for first 15 overs and not to play any strokes unless it straight come to the wicket.This ground can create drama withn 1st 15 overs only because of its location and for that reason it creates an unplayable air swing(only in the early morning). if you leave all those ball without any strokes bowlers cant do much with the bowl because its very hard to ball good in swingers in this pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    come on SA team .....! forgot about the past evil devil matches and I Praying the god this coming new year is bright for them 100% win. wish your happy new year my favorite Proteas Power House........!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    yup albie must have been in squad coz talent like him he should b da vice captain of squad

  • POSTED BY TheProteasMan on | December 31, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Where is Richard Levi?When opening for Cobras he alwyas outbatted Smith.A proven matchwinner unlike Elgar who like Trott looses more games, with his low strike rate.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | December 31, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I think sri lanka should stick with paranawitharana for the next match. if they want to change UT in place of TP they can do that after this tour. TP is the more acclimatized player to SA conditions. specially scoring a century in tour match.SL should not give a way at least one wicket within their first 15 overs. they should keep this as the golden rule when they play at cape town.this pitch offer better chance to SL than 2nd test pitch. so guys make maximum out of it

  • POSTED BY ebiem2010 on | December 31, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    conservative selecions once again for South Africa - too many bits and pieces including elgar. where is ingram, miller & philander ; all specialists in thier own rights. RSA cricket needs to move away from conservative thinking - its a new era MR Hudson.

  • POSTED BY prksinghg on | December 31, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    hey guys do you that experts have mentioned cape town pitch is going to be more spinner friendly than 2nd test pitch. and SA consider not to play thahir for the 3rd test.SL its your chance. many people say SL can break world records only in SL. this is a good chance to prove the opposite. sanga mahela pls try to put a 400+ partnership.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | December 31, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I think that the SA selectors must see Philander as a specialist test/first class bowler at the moment. He does have great control over line and length and could make the required adjustments for ODI cricket, but on the other hand there is a huge line of incumbents. Even Rusty Theron has been left out of these lists, and he's a really good ODI bowler, although he hasn't really performed to his potential in SA colours (yet). The one selection I personally disagree with is Faf du Plessis. Sure he adds something extra with great fielding and useful leg-spin, but he's picked primarily as a batsman and he's let us down so far there, besides a 50 in his first game i think. If he doesn't score runs in the first few games they really need to get David Miller back in there because that kid is super talented and has potential to be a world beating ODI batsman. Looking forward to finally seeing Mendis bowl I still think he's a dangerous bowler.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | December 31, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    I think it is great to see Kleinveldt to make the ODI squad. Elgar has been playing great cricket for awhile now. A good call cricket South Africa.

  • POSTED BY ratedstfu44 on | December 31, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    SL will win 4-1 against SA

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | December 31, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Good News for South African Opponents! They too are selecting wrong uns...like they are preferring Botha/Peterson over Tahir whose one day record is better than both of them combined...I agree Tahir has not succeeded in Tests as was expected but his first class and List A record comparison also shows that he can be more successful in 50 over cricket...whether it is in Africa or Asia

  • POSTED BY Rajchamp on | December 31, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    What kind of selection is this?? Why they are not giving a single chance to Albie Morkel?? What is the logic behind not selecting Colin Ingram?? Where is Davy Jacobs?? Must say SA have some tremendous talent, but the team selection is really poor.

  • POSTED BY Don_Simon on | December 31, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    @koolramesh :Too bad it's that this very unsuccessful bowler is the one who took most ODI wickets in 2011. By the way who is the only bowler in world cricket to take 3 ODI hat-tricks including a double? And also the batsmen who are playing in the IPL must be so bad that Malinga becomes the best bowler in the IPL !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    SA must unearth Lance Klusner like a cricketer to get momentum going and win games for SA. England has Morgan, India has Shewag, Australia has Warner. WI has Gayle unfortunates his services are for other clubs and states. Sri Lanka still have to find new Sanath or Kaluwitharana compensate partially by bowling of Malinga

  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | December 31, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Does Malinga really require green top as he is going to hit the boot. But he is very unsuccessful in ODI's, might be good for the tail. I keep wondering, its the same Lankan side which got in to WC finals but the performance is bad since Dilshan took over.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | December 30, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a chance in limited overs if 2 of the top 4 batsman fire in each innings. Don't forget SA is seaming conditions and our go to man will be Lasith Malinga

  • POSTED BY Shandorinho on | December 30, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    The World T20 in the Caribbean was in 2010, not 2009.

    Looks like a decent squad this, if slightly retro. Might have been useful for them to have chosen a couple more new guys to try out as well as Dean Elgar. Slightly surprised Ingram's not in there as well.

    On a side note, Kepler Wessels appears to be on fire with putting a curse on things he comments on. Yesterday at the test whilst on commentary, he was asked which batsmen were pushing for test selection in the near future so he mentioned a handfull of in-form players. 3 of which - Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis - went on to get ducks on the same day (I think they were all yesterday anyway... also not 100% it was KW who even said it, just thought it was an amusing coincidence).

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    no vernon philander in odi squad what shame

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    huh.. we have malinga.mendis,mathews,kumar, etc be carefull...

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Come on Kepler, wake up!!! Lions are roaring!!! Mind what you say when undermining your opponents, in this game of great uncertainties!!!

  • POSTED BY leftarmtweaker on | December 30, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Good stuff SA selectors! Finally including new and exciting players into the squad. Kleinveldt has been in good form with the ball and can is a big-hitting batsman while Elgar is arguably the most talented uncapped batsman in South Africa. Just a bit surprised Imran Tahir didn't make the cut - possibly because of his batting. Overall good squad.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    sri lanka will win one day series,

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    i wonder why albie morkel is not even considered by the south african cricket board nowadays!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Does saf need another seamar right now? While steyn,morkel,de lange,philandar,tsotsobe in line,where is room for another??? Also lets not forget parnel and mclaren.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    No ingram?Hmmm

    Cant wait to see jp and elgar in action!

  • POSTED BY Mr.AAM on | December 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    The 2009 World T20 was in England, 2010 was in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    great move by cricket SA , the sitting duck Amla shdn't be the skipper ofathletic SA. AB is the perfect man for the job even Steyn suits the Vice Captain

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  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    great move by cricket SA , the sitting duck Amla shdn't be the skipper ofathletic SA. AB is the perfect man for the job even Steyn suits the Vice Captain

  • POSTED BY Mr.AAM on | December 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    The 2009 World T20 was in England, 2010 was in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    No ingram?Hmmm

    Cant wait to see jp and elgar in action!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Does saf need another seamar right now? While steyn,morkel,de lange,philandar,tsotsobe in line,where is room for another??? Also lets not forget parnel and mclaren.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    i wonder why albie morkel is not even considered by the south african cricket board nowadays!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    sri lanka will win one day series,

  • POSTED BY leftarmtweaker on | December 30, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Good stuff SA selectors! Finally including new and exciting players into the squad. Kleinveldt has been in good form with the ball and can is a big-hitting batsman while Elgar is arguably the most talented uncapped batsman in South Africa. Just a bit surprised Imran Tahir didn't make the cut - possibly because of his batting. Overall good squad.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Come on Kepler, wake up!!! Lions are roaring!!! Mind what you say when undermining your opponents, in this game of great uncertainties!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    huh.. we have malinga.mendis,mathews,kumar, etc be carefull...

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    no vernon philander in odi squad what shame