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SA recall Albie Morkel for T20s, maiden call-up for Hendricks

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February 17, 2014

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Albie Morkel launches the ball for six, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Auckland, March 3, 2012
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Allrounder Albie Morkel has been recalled to South Africa's squad for the three T20s against Australia and the forthcoming World Twenty20. The other major addition to the squad is fast bowler Beuran Hendricks, who earned a maiden call-up after finishing as the leading wicket-taker - 28 wickets in 11 games at an average of 10.28 - in the recent Ram Slam T20 challenge.

Morkel, who holds the record for most Twenty20 appearances, last played for South Africa in October 2012 during the World T20 in Sri Lanka. Since then, the allrounder featured in IPL 2013 and was also signed by Derbyshire as their T20 specialist for last season's Friends Life t20 competition. In the Ram Slam T20, Morkel scored 202 runs in 10 games at an average of 28.85 and took two wickets.

"Both Beuran and Albie fully deserve their selection following outstanding campaigns in the Ram Slam T20," Andrew Hudson, CSA's selection convener, said. "As always, there are unlucky players but we feel we have chosen the right combination for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent.

"Beuran's claims could not be ignored and the experience that Albie will bring on board is important for a high-profile tournament of this nature. The bulk of these players (11 out of 15) were part of our squad that won their T20 series in Sri Lanka last year under similar conditions."

South Africa squad for Australia T20s and World T20: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

South Africa XI: (predicted) Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe/Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir/Parnell

Posted by proteasfire on (February 20, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Good selection to bring in Albie for world T20. His experience in sub continental pitches and T20 cricket is a definite boost for South Africa. SA made costly mistake of leaving him out of squad in ODI WC 2011. Luckily the selectors didnt repeat the same mistake. AB, Miller and Albie form a destructive middle order for Proteas. If DeKock, Amla and Faf setup solid base at the top of the order there is no reason why SA middle order cant go bang bang. Steyn, Tsotsobe and Morkel form a good bowling combination. Tahir will be very effective in spin friendly pitches and will make an impact in the result. Overall a good team for the world cup with the exception of Behardien and Phangiso. Both are very lucky to be in the squad and SA should have gone with some youngsters instead of these two useless players.

Posted by Robster1 on (February 18, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

David Wiese - in form and a proven quality 20/20 player is most unlucky not to be selected.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

My team would be: De Kock, Amla, Du Plessis, De villiers, Duminy, Miller, Albie Morkel, Hendricks, Steyn, Morne Morkel, Tahir.

That leaves Behardien, Parnell, Tsotsobe and Phangiso on the sidelines. There are better batsman than Behardien, better all rounders and bowlers than Parnell, and better spinners than Phangiso. Tsotsobe is a great limited overs bowler Altogether, that's only 3 out of 15 players who shouldn't be in the squad. A great improvement from the South African selectors.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

Behardien and Phangiso are very lucky to be in the squad.....Roelof, Peterson, Harmer, Delport, Abbott unlucky.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (February 17, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

well kallis has retired...

Albie is the next best thing !

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

SA playing a gamble by bringing Aaron Phangiso in place of Robin Peterson....robin as a spinner can also give balance in lower order batting.

Posted by aahahaa on (February 17, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

AB, Faf, Amla and Styen. Quinton, Miller and Morne possibly. still short of 4 to make 11. . no hope.. sad but no hope...

Posted by DangaGanga on (February 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

David Wiese - surely he deserves a call up as the second all rounder instead of Behardien?

Posted by Duidelik on (February 17, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Imran Tahir???? Are u kidding me? He goes for plenty in test cricket. His 4 overs in T20 will probably cost 100 runs (for 1 wicket caught on the boundary)!!!!!

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