South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 July 29, 2014

South Africa retain winning Test squad for Zimbabwe

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South Africa have retained their victorious Test squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare starting August 9. South Africa regained their No.1 Test ranking after three months when they beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the two-Test series that concluded on Monday.

It was Hashim Amla's first Test series as full-time captain, following the retirement of Graeme Smith. South Africa will play a three-match bilateral ODI series with Zimbabwe following the Test and stay back for a tri-series, also involving Australia.

"The Proteas have earned a vote of confidence," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson. "We will be naming the ODI squad for the three-match series against Zimbabwe next week and will give consideration to resting a couple of players.

"We will, however, be sending our full-strength ODI squad for the following triangular series against Zimbabwe and Australia."

South Africa last played a Test series in Zimbabwe back in 2001.

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  • SA007 on August 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Perhaps this time Alviro will step up his game cause he hasnt been performing. Nevertheless, I know SA will perform well.

  • redneck on August 1, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    must applaud south africa on still sending their first XI for the test!! as far as im concerned it ceases to be test cricket when players are being rested!!! dont know what to make of zimbabwe at present??? rate vitori as decent quick but always injured!!! look forward to watching the tri series on tv here in aus as zimbabwe arent a team we get to see too often!!!

  • on August 1, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH ziM win taylor and Masakadza 100

  • sussmith0589 on July 30, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    This is the best chance for Lara's 400 record to be broken! SA should send a second string side to at least take the match to 3 days. Honestly I can't see how a Zim side struggling against Afghanistan can trouble Steyn & co.

  • on July 30, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Does this now mean that Alviro gets ANOTHER chance. Here's a chance to inject and reward a younger cricketer. Wake up Hudson.

  • Nayan_Bhuyan on July 30, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Some regular players who are playing non stop cricket might be rested as it is very easy tour for South Africa. The likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn might be rested so that some young talent got their chances.

  • on July 30, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Some people are saying that Alviro must play because 'we don't have any other openers knocking on the door'. Rubbish. One look at the highest runscorers list from the last Sunfoil Series shows you that young David White from the Warriors (former SA U19 star), a specialist opener, scored 882 runs in the season at an average of 49.00 with 3 centuries and 5 fifties. Pick him in place of Alviro. He can hardly do worse.

  • BobYukta on July 30, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    It seems simple to me who the team should be.

    van Zyl, Elgar, Amla, du Plessis, AB, de Kock, Duminy, Philander, Piedt, Steyn, Morkel.

    Philander stays because of his impressive overall record, but does anyone have the stats for his two recent test series? Surely they're poor. His job is as a bowler, not an all-rounder.

    Alivro and Tahir make way as both are older and underperforming, with little potential to show they can improve in the international arena. Why not try two young exciting players in a series with not much on the line against on of the poorer teams?

  • Anil_Koshy on July 30, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Zimbabwe should convince Erwine brother to play for Zimbabwe, also they should bring back Coventry. They should have strongly built fast bowlers who can bowl fast like Streak and Blignaught.

  • social_monster09 on July 30, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    SA should give rest to Steyn, ABDV & Amla for this series. Give captaincy to Faf & rest are almost same as they all were in SL. I don't know much about Van Zyl & Piedt but try them, this is the best chance to try the bench strength. Then bring back all main players in Triangular ODI series against Australia. Because the main task will start from then.

  • SA007 on August 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Perhaps this time Alviro will step up his game cause he hasnt been performing. Nevertheless, I know SA will perform well.

  • redneck on August 1, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    must applaud south africa on still sending their first XI for the test!! as far as im concerned it ceases to be test cricket when players are being rested!!! dont know what to make of zimbabwe at present??? rate vitori as decent quick but always injured!!! look forward to watching the tri series on tv here in aus as zimbabwe arent a team we get to see too often!!!

  • on August 1, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH ziM win taylor and Masakadza 100

  • sussmith0589 on July 30, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    This is the best chance for Lara's 400 record to be broken! SA should send a second string side to at least take the match to 3 days. Honestly I can't see how a Zim side struggling against Afghanistan can trouble Steyn & co.

  • on July 30, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Does this now mean that Alviro gets ANOTHER chance. Here's a chance to inject and reward a younger cricketer. Wake up Hudson.

  • Nayan_Bhuyan on July 30, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Some regular players who are playing non stop cricket might be rested as it is very easy tour for South Africa. The likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn might be rested so that some young talent got their chances.

  • on July 30, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Some people are saying that Alviro must play because 'we don't have any other openers knocking on the door'. Rubbish. One look at the highest runscorers list from the last Sunfoil Series shows you that young David White from the Warriors (former SA U19 star), a specialist opener, scored 882 runs in the season at an average of 49.00 with 3 centuries and 5 fifties. Pick him in place of Alviro. He can hardly do worse.

  • BobYukta on July 30, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    It seems simple to me who the team should be.

    van Zyl, Elgar, Amla, du Plessis, AB, de Kock, Duminy, Philander, Piedt, Steyn, Morkel.

    Philander stays because of his impressive overall record, but does anyone have the stats for his two recent test series? Surely they're poor. His job is as a bowler, not an all-rounder.

    Alivro and Tahir make way as both are older and underperforming, with little potential to show they can improve in the international arena. Why not try two young exciting players in a series with not much on the line against on of the poorer teams?

  • Anil_Koshy on July 30, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Zimbabwe should convince Erwine brother to play for Zimbabwe, also they should bring back Coventry. They should have strongly built fast bowlers who can bowl fast like Streak and Blignaught.

  • social_monster09 on July 30, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    SA should give rest to Steyn, ABDV & Amla for this series. Give captaincy to Faf & rest are almost same as they all were in SL. I don't know much about Van Zyl & Piedt but try them, this is the best chance to try the bench strength. Then bring back all main players in Triangular ODI series against Australia. Because the main task will start from then.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 29, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Dane Piedt and Van Zyl must start. Good bye Petersen and Tahir, thanks for the memories.

  • on July 29, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    @riskrao I agree with you 100%. Petersen's career is fading and van Zyl's Protea career is inevitable, therefore this is the perfect time to give him a chance to smooth in, rather than expecting him to debut against the likes of Australia.

  • lukiboy on July 29, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    @ZFCOutcast Just wondering, why would Alviro suddenly be a middle order batsmen, when he has spent his entire FC career opening for the Lions; only recently did he play in the middle order for his country side. Also, and most importantly the middle order is settled, Du Plesiss, Amla, Devilliers, Duminy. And he is old, he has done very good work for SA cricket but its time now that he moves along and someone new steps in. (Just btw, Prince was forced to open because he got injured prior to Aus 08/09 tour, Duminy did well, McKenzie did bad, only spot open was opener). If Tsolikile was gonna play it would have had to have been after Bouch retired, but AB has proven himself more than able.Maybe Tsolikile should play for a year, and give De Kok time. Bavuma is very talented and I'm sure he will get his time but he only averaged 35 in the most recent FC season, while Van Zyl avaeraged over 50. Phangiso is not a 4-day spinner, Test spot needs to go to Piedt, Leie or that guy from the warriors

  • and1son on July 29, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    @Deejay that's the whole point of playing the best team. I think the players will be slightly more focused knowing they are playing the bet team. It's also up to the groundsmen like any other country when you are playing someone better than you to make it a batting friendly pitch for protection. This should go to day 4 then

    @ZCFOutkast nothing wrong with your team except vermeulen is not an opener. they will try protecting Taylor, Williams and Masakadza from the new ball but if Mawoyo is injured then Masakadza will probably open. It will most likely be Mawoyo, Sibanda/Raza, Masakadza, Taylor(c), (Vermuelen if Mawoyo is hurt), Williams, Elton, Mutumbami, Utseya, Panyangara/Shingi, Vitori/Mpofu, Chatara order wise

  • Warm_Coffee on July 29, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Good chance for Dale Steyn to complete a 5-fer against every test playing nation. Zimbabwe are the only test team he has yet to achieve this against obviously due to him not having played against them.

  • Geordie613 on July 29, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Deejay, I remember when Aus played Bangladesh the first time, They were at the top of their game and spoke about a test match being finished in one day. Well, Bangladesh played out of their skins and stretched it out to day 3. So, Zim will up their game and be a challenge for the Proteas.

  • on July 29, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Ok..so I am a Zimbabwean..and I have watch ed (much too my horror) Zim Cricket for close to ten yeras now...and I am asking myself why on earth would SA send a full strength TEST team to play Zim of all teams? I mean seriously...the proteas A team would proably beat Zim by an innings and a couple hundred runs...can wait to see Hamilton and co getting ducks against steyn

  • ZCFOutkast on July 29, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    I agree that Tahir must go, but Alviro is in the side for a long time to come. I don't see why it's ok for AB&Rudolph to be given a second chance in the middle order, but it's not ok for Alviro. Even Prince was forced to open so Rudolph could be accomodated lower in the order. AB must just take the gloves back and QdK opens the batting with Alviro in middle order, or Faf can be pushed up to open. No double standards will be tolerated here fellas! No Bavuma, Tsolekile&Phangiso!? If they won't play against ZImbabwe then who will they play against?

    So what will Zimbabwe go with? Vermeulen should have been there from day one when ZIM resumed Tests so if Mawoyo is injured he's favorite to open. Taylor "best" batsman of the side now free of the gloves should open against Steyn&Co. One of Mpofu&Vitori should recover in time to take that 3rd seamer slot ahead of Shingi.

    Vermeulen/Mawoyo, Taylor(c), Hami, Williams, Vusi, Elton, Mutumbami(wk), Panyangara, Utseya, Shingi/Vitori/Mpofu, Chatara

  • pjt100585 on July 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Why why why Tahir?! I cant understand the selectors' obsession with playing him. Worst specialist spinner in international cricket. Seems like a decent guy but surely enthusiasm cannot be enough to keep your spot in a test side. Dane Piedt must definitely be given an opportunity. How badly can it go wrong? Surely no worse than Tahir's 260/0 at the SCG

  • and1son on July 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @Dineo "eyes wide shut"? good one. but I hope SA play their strongest guys and our boys give a good account. The only problem is if Mpofu, Mawoyo and Vitori are all still injured then we might get a hard time. The pace bowlers except Chatara have not been showing any confidence. Obviously the most looking forward will be to see Amla, Steyn and AB in action for the no.1 ranked team

  • gimme-a-greentop on July 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    This is a good chance to test the depth of the team. Give Parnell, Abbott, Van Zyl and Piedt a game for heaven's sake! At the very least Van Zyl and Piedt if they want to maintain the integrity of the fast-bowling unit. As Prof Kuda below said, they want to see Steyn in Zim.

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    What is the point in picking Alviro & Tahir again? Alviro will score a hundred here and fail in another 25 odd inns' and he is 34 too. This is the right time for Van Zyl to open with Elgar. Tahir is NOT A TEST BOWLER. Piedt should take his place.

    Elgar - Van Zyl - Amla - AB - Faf - QDK - JP - Philander - Steyn - Piedt & Morkel will be my XI.

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing S.A. in Zim. Will be watching with eyes wide shut!

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Surely, they should give Piedt and van Zyl a go on this tour. They cant do worst than Tahir and Petersen.

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Steyn In ZIMBABWE.... that is sooo coool. will definitely be taking the kids to watch this phenomenal guy

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  • on July 29, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Steyn In ZIMBABWE.... that is sooo coool. will definitely be taking the kids to watch this phenomenal guy

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Surely, they should give Piedt and van Zyl a go on this tour. They cant do worst than Tahir and Petersen.

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing S.A. in Zim. Will be watching with eyes wide shut!

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    What is the point in picking Alviro & Tahir again? Alviro will score a hundred here and fail in another 25 odd inns' and he is 34 too. This is the right time for Van Zyl to open with Elgar. Tahir is NOT A TEST BOWLER. Piedt should take his place.

    Elgar - Van Zyl - Amla - AB - Faf - QDK - JP - Philander - Steyn - Piedt & Morkel will be my XI.

  • gimme-a-greentop on July 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    This is a good chance to test the depth of the team. Give Parnell, Abbott, Van Zyl and Piedt a game for heaven's sake! At the very least Van Zyl and Piedt if they want to maintain the integrity of the fast-bowling unit. As Prof Kuda below said, they want to see Steyn in Zim.

  • and1son on July 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @Dineo "eyes wide shut"? good one. but I hope SA play their strongest guys and our boys give a good account. The only problem is if Mpofu, Mawoyo and Vitori are all still injured then we might get a hard time. The pace bowlers except Chatara have not been showing any confidence. Obviously the most looking forward will be to see Amla, Steyn and AB in action for the no.1 ranked team

  • pjt100585 on July 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Why why why Tahir?! I cant understand the selectors' obsession with playing him. Worst specialist spinner in international cricket. Seems like a decent guy but surely enthusiasm cannot be enough to keep your spot in a test side. Dane Piedt must definitely be given an opportunity. How badly can it go wrong? Surely no worse than Tahir's 260/0 at the SCG

  • ZCFOutkast on July 29, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    I agree that Tahir must go, but Alviro is in the side for a long time to come. I don't see why it's ok for AB&Rudolph to be given a second chance in the middle order, but it's not ok for Alviro. Even Prince was forced to open so Rudolph could be accomodated lower in the order. AB must just take the gloves back and QdK opens the batting with Alviro in middle order, or Faf can be pushed up to open. No double standards will be tolerated here fellas! No Bavuma, Tsolekile&Phangiso!? If they won't play against ZImbabwe then who will they play against?

    So what will Zimbabwe go with? Vermeulen should have been there from day one when ZIM resumed Tests so if Mawoyo is injured he's favorite to open. Taylor "best" batsman of the side now free of the gloves should open against Steyn&Co. One of Mpofu&Vitori should recover in time to take that 3rd seamer slot ahead of Shingi.

    Vermeulen/Mawoyo, Taylor(c), Hami, Williams, Vusi, Elton, Mutumbami(wk), Panyangara, Utseya, Shingi/Vitori/Mpofu, Chatara

  • on July 29, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Ok..so I am a Zimbabwean..and I have watch ed (much too my horror) Zim Cricket for close to ten yeras now...and I am asking myself why on earth would SA send a full strength TEST team to play Zim of all teams? I mean seriously...the proteas A team would proably beat Zim by an innings and a couple hundred runs...can wait to see Hamilton and co getting ducks against steyn

  • Geordie613 on July 29, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Deejay, I remember when Aus played Bangladesh the first time, They were at the top of their game and spoke about a test match being finished in one day. Well, Bangladesh played out of their skins and stretched it out to day 3. So, Zim will up their game and be a challenge for the Proteas.