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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 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.

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)!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

I woould have preffered Robin Peterson instead of Tsotsobe.. U have enough pacies.. (Steyn,Morne,Hendricks,Parnell and Albie) So why go for another..

Amla De Kock Duminy AB Faf Miller Albie Parnell Robin Steyn Morne Tahir

Res Farhan Phangiso Hendricks Tsotsobe

Posted by zzby on (February 17, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

some serious batting but lacking allrounder and bowling apart from steyn is under par.

Posted by JohnMR on (February 17, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

With Albie, Miller and JP in the squad, there was no need to pick Berhardien as well. And where is Abbott? If Hendricks was chosen solely on his RamSlam T20 form, surely Abbott should be there as well. Him, Delport and Miller are the main reasons the Dolphins won the whole thing. Good squad otherwise.

Posted by axe_hay on (February 17, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Where is David Wiese ?? Really sad that he is not in the squad. One of the best T20 players in SA , he should have been selected. Happy for Albie , and Bueran deserves the selection. Reeza Hendriks should have been in instead of Behardien.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Once again the selectors turn to Albie Morkel, still thinking he can be a new Lance Klusener. Albie does have lots experience - but it is experience of losing, underperforming and freezing under pressure.

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (February 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

er sorry, typo in my earlier post. World T20 not in Sri Lanka, the last one was! oops. creebo777 makes a good point about AB and Miller having to face as many balls as possible, especially Miller, who usually takes a while to get going and then explodes. I would even be tempted to put AB in to open or at 3 but he has such diverse finishing skills it'll most probably be seen as risky.

Posted by deegee1903 on (February 17, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Why no Jacques Kallis? I thought he was still available for ODI's and T20's!!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

Henry Davids was better t20 batsman than Hashim Amla

Posted by DaveFish on (February 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Albie deserves his spot, a genuine match winner & with Miller in the mix...make sure your helmets are on in the stands

Posted by creebo777 on (February 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Amla,de kock,abdv,miller,,,that should be our top4 i dont care who they pick after that,faf,jp slow the game down in the middle overs,miller,abdv has to face as many balls possible.beuran,dale,morne our bowlers.....

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (February 17, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

Looks a balanced squad. They absolutely have to play a front-line spinner in Sri Lanka, and it has to be Tahir. So tough choices to be made regarding the fast bowling attack, because of the 3 left arm quicks. Parnell can bat, so that gives him added dimensions. Hard to choose between Morne and Lopsy in T20. Morkel can get you wickets with his length and bounce, but can also get be expensive. Lopsy with his cutters (plus a bit of bounce) might be more effective on those wickets. Hendricks is the new man, so might have to warm the bench for big games. I like the look of QdK, Amla, Du Plessis, AB, Duminy, Miller, Albie, Parnell, Steyn, Lopsy, Tahir. Striking power down the order plus variation in the bowling attack. People will argue Hendricks for Parnell (don't need batter at 8) or Morkel for Lopsy. Tough call either way.

Posted by naren1983 on (February 17, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

Key Players - AB, Faf du, Miller, Albie, Steyn. Don't think Amla is a T20 player by volatile batting & fielding. SA need to find a opener with De Kock, Spinner will play major role in Bangladesh, need to see how Phangiso & Tahir are adapting to situation, its bowling a key in Bangladesh. Anyway batters going to win the match in Bangladesh if even world class bowlers bowl in this pitch. So having hitters & all-rounders are always key. All the best SA.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

solid team! class batsmen with faf ab amla and duminy power with miller and de cock then solid bowling with the morkels and parnell. thought mclaren wouldve made it tho

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

I would love to see Hendricks start, but this means Parnell will not play, but don't need him batting at 7 if Albie is playing.

QdK, Amla, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, Albie, Steyn/Morkel, Hendricks/Parnell, Tahir/Phangiso, Lopsy

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Good team. Better than our Test Team.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Wer is Cameron Delport & Rilee Rossouw... Very Bad Team..S.A Selector should had Picked Simon Harmer Or Vand der merwe for Aaron Phangiso..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

happy to see amla. ..needed some one to counter the spinners and Simon harmer should have given a chance. ..

Posted by Nuxxy on (February 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

All these people dissing Amla missed the most recent Ram Slam? Only reason he didn't top score was because he was pulled out early.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Where is Jacques Kallis, hero of the IPLs :-)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

South Africa T-20 XI: De Kock, Amla, Du Plessis, De villers, Duminy, Miller, Albie, Parnell, Steyn, Morne, Tahir. I still think Amla doesnt merit place in South African T-20 side, he is just there becuase of his exploits in tests and onedayer. But T-20 is the diffferent game, South Africa should have tried Rilee Rousow in that spot.

Posted by London_Meistry on (February 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Its about time that Albie be given another go, he has earned it. I have no objections with this team as always. All the best!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

is these test squad???for 2nd test vs ozz...soo many pacers

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

congratulations beuran next pace superstar. you deserve it. but don't understand why amla in the squad. my xi: faf De cock jp abd farhaan miller albie steyn lonwabo beuran tahir.

Posted by Abbas67 on (February 17, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

Why is Phangiso been considered so much ? Johan Botha & McLaren are players missing, still looking a good team. playing XI - Amla deKock deVilliers Duminy duPlessis Miller A.Morkel Steyn Hendricks M.Morkel Tahir !

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

No need for amla and pingiso..... Roloef vander merve is the bestbt20 spinner for sa team

Posted by Nuxxy on (February 17, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

I almost thought this was for the test series, and got excited.

Both deserve a spot in the T20 squad. Still missing decent spinners for Bangladesh.

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