South Africa news March 23, 2012

Botha to lead SA against India in one-off T20I

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Johan Botha will lead South Africa in the one-off Twenty20 international against India in Johannesburg on March 30 with regular limited-overs captain AB de Villiers and vice-captain Hashim Amla being rested. Farhaan Behardien and Dane Vilas have got first-time call-ups to the 13-man national squad.

The selectors decided to rest the XI playing the ongoing final Test in Wellington against New Zealand as they would reach South Africa just two days before the game against India. Jacques Kallis, who pulled out of the Wellington Test with a stiff neck, was included. "We are leaving all the players out who are involved in the current Test match against New Zealand with the exception of Jacques Kallis for whom there are special circumstances," Andrew Hudson, the convener of selectors, said.

"They will arrive back home two days before the start of the match, having travelled halfway across the world, including a 10-hour time difference, and we don't believe they will be in any condition to play an international game of cricket.

"We have chosen a squad of 13 as there is some doubt about the fitness of Kallis who has been ruled out of the current Test match. The team management needs to have plenty of options available; such is Kallis' all-round value to the side."

Lonwabo Tsotsobe was the only other member of the Test squad in New Zealand to be selected.

"We still have a very strong squad for this important match including the bulk of the players who won the T20 international series in New Zealand," Hudson said. "The players who have been called up for the first time have all done extremely well in the domestic equivalent and this follows our policy of rewarding good domestic form. Behardien and Vilas are currently high up the batting averages for the MiWay T20 Challenge and they also have imposing strike rates."

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  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Any news on Indian team squad ?

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | March 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    For a relatively unimportant game, some of these selections are fascinating. It reveals much of Kirsten and Hudson's future plans. Vilas and Van Wyk are in with a great chance of replacing Boucher, while Kuhn seems to have slipped down the list and Tsokolile's central contract remains a mystery. Du Plessis now has a chance a 20/20 level while Ingram and Theron rightly remain in the selectors plans. Botha is by common consent a very good leader and could seemingly do the job in both limited over formats of the game. Morris, Frylink, De Kock, Miller, Rossouw (more so for the test side) and Elgar (for the longer forms of the game) must be next in line. Good to that credibility is given to international fixtures with Kallis and Tsotsobe chosen.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dear Asok De

    Yes we are Mad people ,that how we play cricket as a passion does not matter one or two ,as an Indian we always support SA cricket board ,we never deny even a single match with them and also cricket World knows that they are the best fighter, we delight to watch those classy drives (kohli)Vs aggressive steyn contest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we want more and more IND/SA

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | March 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @bestbuddy: Agreed, India doesn't realise how good this team really is - Levi, Kallis, Botha, Tsotsobe, Morkel and a few others are proven international matchwinners that can take the game away from India very quickly. I only see Kohli currently able to do the same job for India, maybe Tendulkar, but none of the Indian bowlers. Some in the SA squad might not be internationally recognised, but who outside of SA knew the name of Richard Levi until he suddenly surfaced and broke the world T20 batting record in NZ? This must be the only country that could field 2 squads of world-class players in tests and short-format games in different parts of the world simultaneously.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Great to see India -SA again with my fav-Kallis and Kohli (Two most Classic T20 cricketers) silattur siva

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | March 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I think David Wiesse,Morris,Rile Russoew but especially Quinton De kock deserve a place in the squad,what is Ontong doing there ? compleately agree with @bestbuudy n @axel_hay.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | March 24, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    A lot of people here getting really worked up about….well….one T20 game. Really - it is just one game. Why all the anguish? "Surprised…disappointed…a farce…what the hell…logistical nightmare…pointless…greed…shame…. " Seriously - time to get a grip on reality. one 40 over game i just not that important!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Agree with KaRaN - Botha is one lucky guy to lead SA quite often when more often he sits out of eleven...

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    It's ok that Botha got to lead..I wud actually appoint him Cappy if i were CSA..One of the best cricketers and safest hands in the unit he is the most economical t20 bowler as well..But like some say i wud have liked to have Quinton de Cock.but it wud have unfair on Dane Vilas..

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Travelling all the way to Southafrica for one 20/20 match! How mad people can be.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Any news on Indian team squad ?

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | March 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    For a relatively unimportant game, some of these selections are fascinating. It reveals much of Kirsten and Hudson's future plans. Vilas and Van Wyk are in with a great chance of replacing Boucher, while Kuhn seems to have slipped down the list and Tsokolile's central contract remains a mystery. Du Plessis now has a chance a 20/20 level while Ingram and Theron rightly remain in the selectors plans. Botha is by common consent a very good leader and could seemingly do the job in both limited over formats of the game. Morris, Frylink, De Kock, Miller, Rossouw (more so for the test side) and Elgar (for the longer forms of the game) must be next in line. Good to that credibility is given to international fixtures with Kallis and Tsotsobe chosen.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dear Asok De

    Yes we are Mad people ,that how we play cricket as a passion does not matter one or two ,as an Indian we always support SA cricket board ,we never deny even a single match with them and also cricket World knows that they are the best fighter, we delight to watch those classy drives (kohli)Vs aggressive steyn contest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we want more and more IND/SA

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | March 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @bestbuddy: Agreed, India doesn't realise how good this team really is - Levi, Kallis, Botha, Tsotsobe, Morkel and a few others are proven international matchwinners that can take the game away from India very quickly. I only see Kohli currently able to do the same job for India, maybe Tendulkar, but none of the Indian bowlers. Some in the SA squad might not be internationally recognised, but who outside of SA knew the name of Richard Levi until he suddenly surfaced and broke the world T20 batting record in NZ? This must be the only country that could field 2 squads of world-class players in tests and short-format games in different parts of the world simultaneously.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Great to see India -SA again with my fav-Kallis and Kohli (Two most Classic T20 cricketers) silattur siva

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | March 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I think David Wiesse,Morris,Rile Russoew but especially Quinton De kock deserve a place in the squad,what is Ontong doing there ? compleately agree with @bestbuudy n @axel_hay.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | March 24, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    A lot of people here getting really worked up about….well….one T20 game. Really - it is just one game. Why all the anguish? "Surprised…disappointed…a farce…what the hell…logistical nightmare…pointless…greed…shame…. " Seriously - time to get a grip on reality. one 40 over game i just not that important!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Agree with KaRaN - Botha is one lucky guy to lead SA quite often when more often he sits out of eleven...

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    It's ok that Botha got to lead..I wud actually appoint him Cappy if i were CSA..One of the best cricketers and safest hands in the unit he is the most economical t20 bowler as well..But like some say i wud have liked to have Quinton de Cock.but it wud have unfair on Dane Vilas..

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Travelling all the way to Southafrica for one 20/20 match! How mad people can be.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | March 23, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    It's a farce, it's all about television rights and money. Greed, essentially.

    Shame on you, South Africa and India.

    And you, too, Andrew Hudson, for calling this sham "this important match".

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    david wiese should be selected

  • POSTED BY bestbuddy on | March 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I am disappointed that players like Wiese and Morris havent been inlcuded; they have performed very well this season - Morris has even out bowled Dirk Nannes, as well as being capable of hitting big sixes at the end of the innings! I would also have liked to have seen Quiten de Kock get a call-up - I know he's only 19, but he is the 5th highest scorer in the competition, and has hit the most sixes...and almost certainly will be a South African keeper in the future. Other than that its a stronger team than the indians who have commented on this article realise - every one of them could get into an IPL team if they were given the chance

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    TEAM IS A JOKE, NO SEHWAG, BHAJJI, MUNAF, NEHRA. YUVI INJURED.. AND OUR SRIKANT SAYS LOSING ITS PART OF GAME

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | March 23, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    If its a one off T20 then South Africa should have tried out some new players. I am surprised that All rounders like Chris Morris, Robbie Frylink and David Wiese are being ignored. These are the finest domestic T20 players SA have got. And mark my words, David Wiese is the next Lance Klusener !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Can anybody explain the rational of only one T20 against India in the middle of no-where to me please! Similarly, we have also seen Australia earlier having time for only two tests against SA but then play three against everybody else especially against the weaker test playing countries. I am sure we will see Aus against Zim in a five test series soon. When they have a good team again they will again play a longer series against SA.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Why would CSA accept the match as a 1 off show if they send a B-team? I think they may have since realised the logistical nightmare this is and how pointless it actually is

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | March 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    india will win this match and indian fan will forget all their pathetic loss in last year

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    This will be going to test who is the best t20 team in 2012.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    What the helll......oN 1 DAy, they don't play Johan Botha, and on another day, they make him the captain, how rediculus, iT's Just 1 match, de villers shu have continued, and India have sent their best 15 then y South africa have sent a B-TEAM

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 23, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    India travelling so far for just one T20 match? I mean just one? pathetic!

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  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 23, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    India travelling so far for just one T20 match? I mean just one? pathetic!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    What the helll......oN 1 DAy, they don't play Johan Botha, and on another day, they make him the captain, how rediculus, iT's Just 1 match, de villers shu have continued, and India have sent their best 15 then y South africa have sent a B-TEAM

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    This will be going to test who is the best t20 team in 2012.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | March 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    india will win this match and indian fan will forget all their pathetic loss in last year

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Why would CSA accept the match as a 1 off show if they send a B-team? I think they may have since realised the logistical nightmare this is and how pointless it actually is

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Can anybody explain the rational of only one T20 against India in the middle of no-where to me please! Similarly, we have also seen Australia earlier having time for only two tests against SA but then play three against everybody else especially against the weaker test playing countries. I am sure we will see Aus against Zim in a five test series soon. When they have a good team again they will again play a longer series against SA.

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | March 23, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    If its a one off T20 then South Africa should have tried out some new players. I am surprised that All rounders like Chris Morris, Robbie Frylink and David Wiese are being ignored. These are the finest domestic T20 players SA have got. And mark my words, David Wiese is the next Lance Klusener !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    TEAM IS A JOKE, NO SEHWAG, BHAJJI, MUNAF, NEHRA. YUVI INJURED.. AND OUR SRIKANT SAYS LOSING ITS PART OF GAME

  • POSTED BY bestbuddy on | March 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I am disappointed that players like Wiese and Morris havent been inlcuded; they have performed very well this season - Morris has even out bowled Dirk Nannes, as well as being capable of hitting big sixes at the end of the innings! I would also have liked to have seen Quiten de Kock get a call-up - I know he's only 19, but he is the 5th highest scorer in the competition, and has hit the most sixes...and almost certainly will be a South African keeper in the future. Other than that its a stronger team than the indians who have commented on this article realise - every one of them could get into an IPL team if they were given the chance

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    david wiese should be selected