South Africa news June 26, 2012

Imran Tahir picked in A squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa have picked legspinner Imran Tahir in their A squad for the two unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A in July. The games will give Tahir practice ahead of the senior team's tour of England this summer. Faf du Plessis was named captain of South Africa A.

Apart from Tahir and du Plessis, the other A team players with international experience are wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, Farhaan Behardien, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Rory Kleinveldt.

Both games will be played in Durban, the first between June 30 and July 3 and the second from July 6 to 9.

South Africa A: Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ryan McLaren, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Rilee Rossouw, Thami Tsolekile, Stiaan van Zyl.

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  • Jeff on June 29, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Tsole Kile LOL! I remember in 2004 when Tsole Kile was picked ahead of Boucher as basically a 'quota player' and was terrible, out of his depth. Surely SA must have found someone better than Tsole Kile in the last 8 years?

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    very bad Squad would be 1.Faf du Plessis (c) 2.Dean Elgar 3.Rilee Rossouw 4.Reeza Hendricks 5.Stiaan van Zyl 6.Dane Vilas (wk) 7.Dane Paterson 8.Imran Tahir 9.Wayne Parnell 10.Brendan Young 11.Obus Pienaar 12.Simon Harmer 13.Chris Morris 14.Colin Ingram...How many of u agree dis squad

  • Akshay on June 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Ryan McLaren, Justin Ontong,Thami Tsolekile have been tried and tested at the International level and they have failed. More youngsters should be tried to get the best bench strength for SA. Selectors should also look at Obus Pienaar,Ethan O'Reilly, Dane Piedt, Rusty Theron, Roelof van der Merwe,Vaughn van Jaarsveld,Dane Vilas, Siya Simetu, David Wiese,Eddie Leie,Kyle Abbott,Andrew Birch and Hieno Kuhn and ensure the top performers at the domestic level are exposed at the international level. Otherwise the best talent of SA will end up playing for England and New Zealand.

  • Prashan on June 27, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @geordie613, there was a winter tour in 2006 when NZ toured South Africa if you recall.

  • Aaron Chaim on June 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Is this the first time there has been a winter tour in SA?

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