South Africa news July 4, 2013

Morkel, de Kock return to SA ODI squad

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Morne Morkel, who limped out of the Champions Trophy with a quad strain, has been named in South Africa's squad to tour Sri Lanka later this month. The group will be under the control of newly-appointed head coach Russell Domingo and will play five ODIs and three T20s but no Tests because of a request by the SLC to postpone the longer format.

While Domingo has one pace ace back, he will be without another. Dale Steyn, has been left out of the squad as he still needs about three weeks of recovery after a side-strain and groin injury dented his participation in the Champions Trophy. Steyn played only one of South Africa's four games and will be rested to ensure he is fully fit for the upcoming summer which includes a trip to the UAE and incoming tours by India and Australia.

The rest of the fifty-over squad had a familiar look about it with only one change to the 15 who were at the Champions Trophy. Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has been recalled and could slot in at the top to partner Hashim Amla, although he will have to compete with Alviro Petersen for a place.

"Consistency in selection" has been one of convenor Andrew Hudson's catchphrases during his time in the job and it continues to be the mantra for the national team. As a result, the Domingo days begin in much the same way as the Gary Kirsten era ended although the demands on the new coach appear greater.

While Kirsten was tasked with securing the Test mace above all else, Domingo has been asked to maintain that stature and return South Africa's ODI squad to their form of years gone by - when losing a series was uncommon - and to have an eye on winning the 2015 World Cup. His building for that event starts in Sri Lanka.

"I want to try and get consistency in one-day cricket and stick to selecting a group of about 18 players over the next few years," Domingo said at his press conference in Johannesburg. "I don't think South Africa have won in Sri Lanka, so if you're looking for a tough assignment, this is one of the toughest. I would love to have hosted a team in South Africa and played in our conditions but that's not the cards that were dealt. This is a challenge but if we can get through with a positive result, it will be a good start."

An obvious speedbump on that road is the lack of seniority in the ranks. Graeme Smith could not be considered for the tour because he is still recovering from ankle surgery. Team management remains hopeful he will be ready for the Tests against Pakistan in October but will only have clarity by early September.

Jacques Kallis is the other notable absentee. He has not played an ODI in 17 months and speculation has grown over his future in the shorter formats. Kallis made himself unavailable for the Champions Trophy for personal reasons although Kirsten said he would be on standby for major tournaments.

Now, even that has become unclear and Domingo indicated there will be decision made on his further involvement in fifty-over cricket soon. "We're going to have to have a discussion with Jacques about his future in the shorter version," Domingo said. "We're trying to put a squad together that will take us to World Cups. There needs to be a discussion in terms of where he is at and whether we see him adding value in those tournaments."

Although the World Cup is foremost in South African administrators minds', they also have an eye on next year's World Twenty20. Domingo has been in charge of the T20 squad since December. In what has been a largely experimental phase, South Africa beat New Zealand in a three-match series but lost to Pakistan.

Domingo now seems to have settled on an outfit, which will be captained by Faf du Plessis. Robin Peterson has been left out, with Imran Tahir the second spinner. The Pakistan-born legspinner has not played for South Africa since being smacked for 260 runs in a Test match against Australia in Adelaide, but has enjoyed a strong return in domestic cricket. Tahir took 12 wickets in the domestic T20 competition last season at an average of 23.58 and was the second-highest wicket-taking spinner behind Aaron Phangiso. Domingo hopes the two will combine well at international level too and that Tahir's wicket-taking abilities will come to the fore.

"To have him to bowl in the middle of innings is massive. With the conditions we will be playing in and the World T20 in Bangladesh next year, he has got to come into the picture," Domingo said. "His performances have shown he has overcome whatever perceived mental frailties he had after the Australia series. He is a tough guy."

Allrounder David Wiese is the only new face in the T20 squad. He has earned his place through strong performances with the A side and boasts a strike rate of 172.46 in the format. He was chosen over the likes of Marchant de Lange, who the selectors feel is still working his way back into form after stress fractures robbed him of a summer of his career.

De Lange has been included in the A squad to play Australia A in two four-day matches later this month as part of a plan to bring him back into contention for the senior squad. South Africa A play two unofficial Tests against their Australian counterparts and a fifty-over tri-series which also includes India A.

As is often the case, nobody will be able to accuse them of being underprepared when the big challenges arrive later in the year. But that has seldom been the main issue for South Africa's coaches to deal with. Instead, theirs has always been a case of resolving the mental conundrum that continues to hold South Africa back in major tournaments.

Domingo admitted healing the wounds from the Champions Trophy exit will be his foremost in his mind when the team tours Sri Lanka. "If anybody says it's not hurting, then their heart is not in the right place," he said.

"Whether we choked or not is another case but if you look at it, England are ranked higher than us, which says they have been playing more consistent cricket. For us to have the expectation that we could beat them was maybe getting ahead of ourselves. It hurts the players when we don't win and when we disappoint people. It will need some mending to get over." He hopes Colombo on July 20 will be the first band-aid.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • proteasfire on July 4, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt didnt perform well for a long time. SA need more strike bowlers in the side than containing bowlers. Steyn, Morkel, Morris and De Lange look deadly attack than the current one. SA batters also need more consistency. JP and Faf need to play long innings in the middle rather than 20s or 30s. SL will be a good test for this squad in preparation for next world cup.

  • SamWintson92 on July 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    The selection of Rory Kleinveldt & Aaron Phangiso in the team can't be justified. Imran Tahir should also be in the ODI side in place of Phangiso. Tahir played his ODI matches during WC 2011 averaging just over 10. He's a genuine wicket taker. Why no Albie Morkel in the T20 side ? Surprised not to see the names of Rusty Theron & Jacques Rudolph in any of the team. Theron is a fantastic death bowler.

  • on July 9, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    where is Rusty Theron,Why again Alviro petersen in ODI???why not Henry Davids in ODI, why they include two overweight medium fast baller Kleinvelt and tsotsobe instead of repeated failure, Du plessis, Dumini never cnt be a match winner,they cnt convert 20/30 run to a big innings,Why they dnt try new player like Stephen cook,viljoen,Birch,Harmer,Van der Marwe. Robin petersen,Phangiso dnt get least turn, have no variations, where is Botha? ???

  • Marktc on July 9, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    The A side should be a lot more active. They should tour a lot more so they are able to feed the Main side should injuries occur. As for this series...why bother. Send an experimental side, rest the strikes, even Morkel. Try De Lange and other hopefuls, same with the batting. Why even go ahead with a tour with no tests..

  • gibbs.175 on July 9, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    ******MUST READ...*** FOR T-20 Two young openners like1. D.KOck ,2.Jennings / Dominic/R Hendricks, 3.Amla,4.AB Devilliers ,5 du Plessis,/Levi /Farhaan,,,,,(solid batsmen ) 6.Elgaar (batsman /spinner) 7.Miller (finisher ) 8,Morris (allrounder/hitter ) 9.Parnell (Allrounder....use as a hitter ...promote him when it needs ...) 10.Merwe /Mc Laren 11.Lenge /Kyle Abbot /Sobe.....Thus we have 7 bowlers Like...jennings,Elgaar,Morris,merwe/M.Laren,Parnell and* Farhaan(optional)and No11th .....6 Allraaounder + 4 regular batsmen(wk)+ Solid Fast bowler ,,,,Same as we Had Since 1992 To 1999

  • Shazy777 on July 7, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    My playing XI f0r Odi Hashim Amla Quinton de Kock AB de Villiers JP Duminy Faf du Plessis David Miller Ryan Mclaren Robin Peterson Chris Morris Morne Morkel Lonwabo Tsotsobe

    For T20 Henry Davids Quinton de Kock AB de Villiers JP Duminy Faf du Plessis David Miller David Wiese Ryan McLaren Chris Morris Wayne Parnell Morne Morkel

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    decent SA squad. SL squad should be 1. tharanga 2. dilshan, 3.sangakkara 4. Jayewardene 5. chandimal 6. tirrimanne 7. kj perera 8.senanayake 9. tharinndu kaushal 10. dananjaya 11.malinga 12. kulasekara 13. t perera 14. Mathews 15. maharoof

  • Gordo85 on July 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    I am glad to see David Wiese finally get a go. His stats speak for themselves. All the best for the other formats for South Africa David Wiese.

  • mark2011 on July 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    after quite a long time SA is coming to SL...if Im not wrong last time when SA in SL they lost ODI 5-0 to SL. sad that there's no test match.. but as we all understand there is a financial crisis in SLC board, due to which they scrapped test matches with WI and SA and made it ODI & T20 series.

    @ vallavarayar on (July 5, 2013, 17:56 GMT) ; know the fact before u comment

  • Sinhaya on July 6, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @vallavarayar, exactly! Sri Lanka cricket is crazy to postpone the tests. The 3 tests against SA will be in June 2015. Our cricket board does not like test cricket. Sadly this Windies series was meant to be a bilateral test series. But it is scrapped to make way for an ODI tri series. So sad that our cricket board is culling or postponing tests.

  • proteasfire on July 4, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt didnt perform well for a long time. SA need more strike bowlers in the side than containing bowlers. Steyn, Morkel, Morris and De Lange look deadly attack than the current one. SA batters also need more consistency. JP and Faf need to play long innings in the middle rather than 20s or 30s. SL will be a good test for this squad in preparation for next world cup.

  • SamWintson92 on July 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    The selection of Rory Kleinveldt & Aaron Phangiso in the team can't be justified. Imran Tahir should also be in the ODI side in place of Phangiso. Tahir played his ODI matches during WC 2011 averaging just over 10. He's a genuine wicket taker. Why no Albie Morkel in the T20 side ? Surprised not to see the names of Rusty Theron & Jacques Rudolph in any of the team. Theron is a fantastic death bowler.

  • on July 9, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    where is Rusty Theron,Why again Alviro petersen in ODI???why not Henry Davids in ODI, why they include two overweight medium fast baller Kleinvelt and tsotsobe instead of repeated failure, Du plessis, Dumini never cnt be a match winner,they cnt convert 20/30 run to a big innings,Why they dnt try new player like Stephen cook,viljoen,Birch,Harmer,Van der Marwe. Robin petersen,Phangiso dnt get least turn, have no variations, where is Botha? ???

  • Marktc on July 9, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    The A side should be a lot more active. They should tour a lot more so they are able to feed the Main side should injuries occur. As for this series...why bother. Send an experimental side, rest the strikes, even Morkel. Try De Lange and other hopefuls, same with the batting. Why even go ahead with a tour with no tests..

  • gibbs.175 on July 9, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    ******MUST READ...*** FOR T-20 Two young openners like1. D.KOck ,2.Jennings / Dominic/R Hendricks, 3.Amla,4.AB Devilliers ,5 du Plessis,/Levi /Farhaan,,,,,(solid batsmen ) 6.Elgaar (batsman /spinner) 7.Miller (finisher ) 8,Morris (allrounder/hitter ) 9.Parnell (Allrounder....use as a hitter ...promote him when it needs ...) 10.Merwe /Mc Laren 11.Lenge /Kyle Abbot /Sobe.....Thus we have 7 bowlers Like...jennings,Elgaar,Morris,merwe/M.Laren,Parnell and* Farhaan(optional)and No11th .....6 Allraaounder + 4 regular batsmen(wk)+ Solid Fast bowler ,,,,Same as we Had Since 1992 To 1999

  • Shazy777 on July 7, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    My playing XI f0r Odi Hashim Amla Quinton de Kock AB de Villiers JP Duminy Faf du Plessis David Miller Ryan Mclaren Robin Peterson Chris Morris Morne Morkel Lonwabo Tsotsobe

    For T20 Henry Davids Quinton de Kock AB de Villiers JP Duminy Faf du Plessis David Miller David Wiese Ryan McLaren Chris Morris Wayne Parnell Morne Morkel

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    decent SA squad. SL squad should be 1. tharanga 2. dilshan, 3.sangakkara 4. Jayewardene 5. chandimal 6. tirrimanne 7. kj perera 8.senanayake 9. tharinndu kaushal 10. dananjaya 11.malinga 12. kulasekara 13. t perera 14. Mathews 15. maharoof

  • Gordo85 on July 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    I am glad to see David Wiese finally get a go. His stats speak for themselves. All the best for the other formats for South Africa David Wiese.

  • mark2011 on July 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    after quite a long time SA is coming to SL...if Im not wrong last time when SA in SL they lost ODI 5-0 to SL. sad that there's no test match.. but as we all understand there is a financial crisis in SLC board, due to which they scrapped test matches with WI and SA and made it ODI & T20 series.

    @ vallavarayar on (July 5, 2013, 17:56 GMT) ; know the fact before u comment

  • Sinhaya on July 6, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @vallavarayar, exactly! Sri Lanka cricket is crazy to postpone the tests. The 3 tests against SA will be in June 2015. Our cricket board does not like test cricket. Sadly this Windies series was meant to be a bilateral test series. But it is scrapped to make way for an ODI tri series. So sad that our cricket board is culling or postponing tests.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on July 6, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Good Teams but I think ,Morkel should be left out too,...Lenge or Kyle Abbot could be included for Sri Lankan TOur...because Morkel cannot bowl well in S. lanka...for .these kind of tours SA board should call the young cricketers so that seniors need to feel little more responsibilies for their country (PROUD)....good luck

  • vsssarma on July 6, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    SAF batsmen, number of ODI matches they played since 2012, and the measured batting performance per match are given below:

    1.AB de Villiers-24-54 2.HM Amla-21-52 3.DA Miller-8-37 4.F du Plessis-24-32 5.JH Kallis-4-31 6.JP Duminy-18-27 7.F Behardien-8-26 8.CA Ingram-16-25 9.GC Smith-18-25 10.D Elgar-5-21 11.JA Morkel-7-21 12.Q de Kock-4-17 13.R McLaren-16-16 14.RK Kleinveldt-9-16 15.AN Petersen-4-15 16.RJ Peterson-25-14 17.JL Ontong-2-13 18.WD Parnell-8-12 19.KJ Abbott-2-12 20.J Botha-1-9 21.AM Phangiso-2-8 22.CH Morris-3-3 23.M Morkel-14-3 24.DW Steyn-16-2 25.LL Tsotsobe-25-2 26.VD Philander-1-1 27.M de Lange-1-0

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Hahaa, what a waste of everyones time. Another pointless bi-lateral series and the worst part about it is that there are no Test matches. This is disgusting from the Administrators. I hope they send our 'B' team as I wont be bothering to watch this.

  • vsssarma on July 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I have analysed the bowling performances of SAF ODI team since 2012. Number of matches played by each bowler & their performances are listed below:

    1.M de Lange-1-100; 2.DW Steyn-16-67; 3.M Morkel-14-65; 4.LL Tsotsobe-25-65; 5.J Botha-1-64; 6.WD Parnell-8-64; 7.R McLaren-16-62; 8.KJ Abbott-2-58; 9.RJ Peterson-25-57; 10.RK Kleinveldt-9-53; 11.CH Morris-3-48; 12.D Elgar-5-36 13.JP Duminy-18-28; 14.JH Kallis-4-24; 15.AM Phangiso-2-24; 16.VD Philander-1-19.

    May be SAF will miss Johan Botha in the bowling. 17.JA Morkel-7-19 18.F Behardien-8-16 19.F du Plessis-24-3

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    SA have been outstanding in Tests but ordinary in ODIs over the last couple of years. They have been experimenting a lot in the shorter formats and the outcome has been unsatisfactory. Amla and AB have been the only consistent bats; Smith hasn't been consistent for a while and Kallis doesn't play One-Dayers regularly anymore. Duminy, du Plessis, Behardien and Ingram are giving the side 20s and 30s but that's not enough; they need to step up and post bigger scores. The bowling looks weak without Steyn and M Morkel. Morris is a good find and I think he should be given more opportunities. Tsotsobe was doing very well in ODIs at one stage but his form is not too good right now so he may have to be dropped.

  • vallavarayar on July 5, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    What? A full tour sans tests? Are the Lankans bonkers?

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    parnell cant bowl yorkers consistently in the death overs like earlier. if he can do that it will be good for the team..

  • axe_hay on July 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Finally David Wiese gets a call. Trust me..he is the next Lance Klusener. I am really surprised that flops like Justin Ontong,Thami Solekile and Imran Tahir are in the A squad. How many more chances do they need? And they are all in their mid 30's. Leg Spinner Eddie Leie and pacer Gurshwin Rabie should have been selected.

  • Shazy777 on July 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    I think Rory Kleinveldt is below average player in limited over cricket... Alibie Morkal is better choice then rory... S.a cannot use Albie morkal in a right way.. the best use of Albie Morkal is to open the batting in T20 it will give hin a chance to settel & then go for the big onces... I am happy to see Quinton De Kock in odi.. de kock is more suitable opener then coling ingram & Alviro Peterson.

  • on July 5, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Rory Kleinveldt?? On ongoing mistake. Just like Justin Ontong in the years gone past, he is getting more play time than what he deserves.

  • Nick636 on July 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ hotcric

    I agree... MOSTLY. I would have Morris in over Tsotsobe ANY DAY! He has lost his sting, he is over weight, an average fielder and barely knows which end of the bat is the handle. I feel he is still being selected on past form, not current.

    I think when De Lange is fit that would be a nice boost.

  • palla.avinash on July 5, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Too many left handers and too many medium pacers in the team they are almost one type of batsmen and bowlers vander merve should have got place for his unorthodox bowling and batting.Teams need variations to survive in asia especially in odis.sachitra senanayake will have some handy wickets if dilshan is fit south africa will be in trouble the only favour in this tour is sl is playing too much cricket and there fatigue may benefit south africa.

  • bbnn on July 5, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Davide Wiese is the player to watch Delhi Daredevils please get this player he is very good

  • hotcric01 on July 5, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Except Kleinveldt ODI squad looks good.Kleinveldt is more of a test bowler.Steyn is a fine bowler but is not as dangerous as he is in tests.It is good for him giving a rest.But there are some problems in t20 squad.Robin Peterson should be in and tahir should be out. In t20 a team needs more allrounders.If specialist bowlers are included,they should be very special talented strike bowlers.David wiese is a fantastic selection.I love watch his brisk batting.Team for ODI series. 1.Ingram 2.Amla 3.Faf 4.Duminy 5.AB 6.Miller 7.Mclaren 8.Robin 9.Morris 10.Morkle11.Tsotsobe(Phangiso in for Morris in a spin friendly pitch)

  • Kavum on July 5, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    This schedule is crazy. If SL lose, can they claim "cricket fatigue" like some other top teams?? Tahir is an ongoing disaster. He does not have the control of a Chawla or Amit Mishra nor even that of a Jeevan Mendis. Tragic that Johan "Straight-arm" Botha is not playing. This tour might suit the Saffers right down to the ground but benefits to SL are doubtful unless they blood youngsters ditching the OAPs - Sanga, Mahela, Herath and Co. Lose a few games but gain a ton of experience. Political favourite Rambukwella with his 16-something average will be a good bet - if he can stop sleepwalking!!

  • VVSR92 on July 4, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    steyn should be rested more frequently

  • Herath-UK on July 4, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    To me this team does not bring fear without the top guns;I'm sure Sri Lanka will be waiting eagerly to exchange the niceties. I think the Lankans look strong now they seem to have got their team right. Awaiting to see a nice contest. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on July 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Robin has been omitted???

  • on July 4, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    amla , ab, stayn waiting to see all of u in our country

  • Lakpj on July 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Batting looks good but in bowling I don't think there is anyone else other than Morkal who could pose any treat. They should have picked Tahir for the ODIs too, he looks to be the only attacking spin option SA has in the selected squad.

  • Lloydster on July 4, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    The squads have all the same players that failed recently- this makes no sense! Guys like Dean Elgar,vdmerve should be in the ODI or T20 side at least. The same wannabe's Kleinveldt, Aaron and co are still in to make up the quotas. Nothing has changed. De kok should be given the gloves in all formats and move on...

  • Robster1 on July 4, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Imran Tahir in the 20/20 squad !? I also just can't see that Kleinveldt is international standard....The A squads are almost more interesting as they give a very good indication as to who's next in line. Good to see de Lange back and Rossouw on selectors radar.

  • marlon17 on July 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    how on earth that they drop Albie Morkel from the T20 squad..??.. one f the best in the short format of the game..

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Where is Albie Morkel ?? He is one among the world's best all-rounders in T20s

  • _Sid on July 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is for you Sukanya:

    Dale Steyn, who needs "about three weeks of rehabilitation", according to team manager Mohammed Moosajee, was not included.

    Hope you know now where is he....

  • NixNixon on July 4, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    interesting that Robin Petersen does not find a spon in the t20 line up?

  • Biohazard7279 on July 4, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    The squads look really good to me, with one execption: Rory Kleinveldt. I have honestly never seen him perform well consistently and I have no idea how he is chosen above Albie Morkel.

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Has Kallis already been done with limited overs format?

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    What happened to Dale Steyn my hero???

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    What happened to Dale Steyn my hero???

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Has Kallis already been done with limited overs format?

  • Biohazard7279 on July 4, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    The squads look really good to me, with one execption: Rory Kleinveldt. I have honestly never seen him perform well consistently and I have no idea how he is chosen above Albie Morkel.

  • NixNixon on July 4, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    interesting that Robin Petersen does not find a spon in the t20 line up?

  • _Sid on July 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is for you Sukanya:

    Dale Steyn, who needs "about three weeks of rehabilitation", according to team manager Mohammed Moosajee, was not included.

    Hope you know now where is he....

  • on July 4, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Where is Albie Morkel ?? He is one among the world's best all-rounders in T20s

  • marlon17 on July 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    how on earth that they drop Albie Morkel from the T20 squad..??.. one f the best in the short format of the game..

  • Robster1 on July 4, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Imran Tahir in the 20/20 squad !? I also just can't see that Kleinveldt is international standard....The A squads are almost more interesting as they give a very good indication as to who's next in line. Good to see de Lange back and Rossouw on selectors radar.

  • Lloydster on July 4, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    The squads have all the same players that failed recently- this makes no sense! Guys like Dean Elgar,vdmerve should be in the ODI or T20 side at least. The same wannabe's Kleinveldt, Aaron and co are still in to make up the quotas. Nothing has changed. De kok should be given the gloves in all formats and move on...

  • Lakpj on July 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Batting looks good but in bowling I don't think there is anyone else other than Morkal who could pose any treat. They should have picked Tahir for the ODIs too, he looks to be the only attacking spin option SA has in the selected squad.