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Cullinan: I'd pick Tsolekile

2014-02-18 09:21
Daryll Cullinan (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Daryll Cullinan says South Africa should pick Thami Tsolekile as wicketkeeper for the remainder of the Australia Test series.

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In a video posted on the ESPNcricinfo website, Cullinan said AB de Villiers - who he rates as the world's best player - should be relieved of the 'keeping duties.

He feels De Villiers - and not Faf du Plessis - should bat in the No 4 slot vacated by the recently retired Jacques Kallis.

"I don't believe Du Plessis is the man to replace Kallis. De Villiers is the man. I believe he can end up being a better player from a record point of view than Jacques Kallis because he takes the game forward just as good in terms of the other aspects of the game.

"Your top player's got to play in the top 4. He is the future of our batting. Build it around him. He can't keep the gloves, so my thoughts are to bring Tsolekile in. He's got to play, which means Du Plessis or (JP) Duminy go... and it's probably going to mean Duminy going."

Cullinan said it's too soon for Quinton de Kock to come in as wicketkeeper as he feels De Kock still needs to score more runs at first class level.

"He (De Kock) is not the best gloveman in the country and few would know better than Ray Jennings (former Transvaal wicketkeeper and ex-Proteas coach) who has said that in his opinion the best gloveman in the country is Thami Tsolekile.

"And I think from a batting perspective he (Tsolekile) can do a job equally as good as (Ryan) McLaren and (Robin) Peterson. So... that's the one move I would see."

Cullinan also said Peterson is "not a Test player" and hinted that he'd pick Wayne Parnell in an all-pace attack for the second Test in Port Elizabeth, which starts from Thursday.

He also said Morné Morkel should be given the new ball.

"Dale Steyn is not doing the (Mitchell) Johnson job. He is picking up the wickets, getting his overs in, but we need an aggressor."

Australia won the first Test in Centurion by 282 runs.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who would you like to see take the wicketkeeping gloves in Tests for the Proteas? Thami Tsolekile, AB de Villiers or Quinton de Kock? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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