South Africa news February 17, 2014

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Sathesh Krishnan 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.

  • Rob 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android on February 17, 2014, 23:57 GMT

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

  • Ali on February 17, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    well kallis has retired...

    Albie is the next best thing !

  • Dummy4 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.

  • G 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...

  • Danga on February 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT

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

  • Vaughan 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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