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

Elgar, Kleinveldt in squad for Sri Lanka ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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........!

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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.

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