South Africa news March 23, 2012

Botha to lead SA against India in one-off T20I

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Any news on Indian team squad ?

  • Rob 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Grant 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Jayaesh 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.

  • David 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!

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 0:03 GMT

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

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