ICC World Twenty20 2012 July 19, 2012

Kallis and Smith slated for T20 comebacks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Kallis has made a return to South Africa's T20 plans after being included in the list of 30-man preliminary squad for the World T20 in Sri Lanka this September. Kallis last played as a regular member of the team in May 2010 during South Africa's tour of the West Indies. However, he took part in the only T20 game against India in March 2012 - a match played in his honour. Graeme Smith, who was dropped for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand in February, has also been included in the squad.

Kallis has missed several of South Africa's T20 internationals, but he was a key player for his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, scoring 409 runs and taking 15 wickets this season. Overall, Kallis has played 17 T20 internationals for his 573 runs and five wickets.

Also included is left-arm slow bowler Roelof van der Merwe whose last series for South Africa was the one in West Indies two years ago. Van der Merwe has played 12 T20 internationals and has a haul of 14 wickets while his economy is 6.93.

Three wicketkeepers have been named in the squad, including captain AB de Villiers, the other two being Morne van Wyk and Dane Vilas. De Villiers will continue as the captain of the side after leading the team to a 2-1 series win in New Zealand.

Squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas

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  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    nice selection and nice move by rsa bcs ths wc s here n sri so hope he contribute well to his team.........

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    SA can actually produce 2 great teams from this 30 man squad.. Very difficult to pick the best 11 from this pool!

  • joseph on July 20, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Both PAK and SA seems to reselect their old players, lets see who is valued in the young/old competition.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    A mistake and backwards step by CSA. Both are slow scorers with low strike rates and not hard hitters of the ball.

  • zameer on July 20, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    i want to see amla in the playing 11 !! i think he can make impact at this level also...i am honestly supporting SA... i really want them to win. they are the most talented team of the world for this format also,its just the luck is not with them...

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @axe_hay i agree with u ,david wiese should have been selected instead of ontong,he is a trustable bowler and a hitter. i have been promoting him for selection since 2008.plzzzz select wiese,give him a chance to prove.

  • Akshay on July 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I would have preferred David Wiese amongst the probables. I have seen him bat and trust me...he is the next Lance Klusener. Here's a player with a first class batting average of 40+ and a bowling average of 25. He deserves a chance.

  • Sagir on July 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    what is the matter with selection panels across the world lately ??? looks like England is the only team who really pay attention to their selection and choose players based not only on form but also format.. van der Merwe's continued absence from the team, especialy in T20s and ODIs is really grating me a lot.. so i am glad to see him included in this 30-man squad.. i would much like to see him in the final 15-man group though.. Kallis has re-invented his game to suit the shorter version but Graeme Smith, seriously ??? surely someone higher up has to be using this as a private joke..

  • Praveen on July 19, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Kallis to tackle spin bowling for his team???

  • Daniel on July 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Wow, just realised SA can make a great squad out of this! 1. Smith 2. Levi 3. Kallis 4. Miller 5. De Villiers 6. Duminy 7. Albie Morkel 8. Botha 9. Steyn 10. Morne Morkel 11. Tsotsobe. Should reach the semis.

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