England in SA

Eagles first up for England

2009-11-05 13:17
Boeta Dippenaar (File)

Bloemfontein - England will provide another test of the strength of the franchise system when they open their tour this weekend with limited overs outings against the Eagles and the Warriors.

The first match will be played at the OUTsurance Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday (14:30) and the second at the neutral venue of the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Sunday (10:00).

Apart from the excitement generated by England's two-and-a-half month tour that consists of two Standard Bank International Pro20s, five MTN ODIs and four Castle Test matches, the weekend matches will provide a window of opportunity for some of South Africa's best young talents.

New cap Ryan McLaren is the only Eagles representative in the Proteas' ODI and Pro20 squads but they are the dominant franchise when it comes to the next level of talent.

There were five franchise representatives - CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw and Thandi Tshabalala - in the Emerging Squad that reached the final of their tournament in Australia during the winter and four of those - Hendricks is the exception - will see action for the South Africa A side against the tourists shortly.

Rossouw, who has been awarded an IPL contract, and De Villiers were two of the star turns of the recent Champions' League in India and a continuation of that form will see them putting pressure on the selectors for even higher recognition.

Hendricks and Rossouw were both part of the 2008 Under-19 World Cup squad (they were beaten finalists) that has already produced Wayne Parnell for the national side and both bring good form from their most recent MTN40 outing against the powerful Titans line-up that included several South African first-choices.

Apart from McLaren, who joins his new Proteas' team-mates on Friday to prepare for the ODI series against Zimbabwe, the only other notable absentee from the Eagles' line-up is Johannes van der Wath.

Dillon du Preez will have to pass a late fitness test with Alan Kruger on standby.

Teams for Friday:

England (from):

Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Joe Denly, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Luke Wright, Graeme Swann, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Jimmy Anderson, Graham Onions, Sajid Mahmood


Boeta Dippenaar (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Morne van Wyk, Rilee Rossouw, Dean Elgar, Ryan Bailey, Con de Lange, Dillon du Preez (or Alan Kruger), CJ de Villiers, Thandi Tshabalala, Victor Mpitsang



Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Of the four South African born players in the English cricket side, who would you most like to have a beer with at the end of the series?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.