SA 'A' call on Gibbs

2009-11-14 18:17

Johannesburg - Herschelle Gibbs has been called up to the South Africa 'A' squad for Tuesday's one day tour match against England in Potchefstroom.

This is one of three changes brought about by injury and other reasons.

The three players to drop out are Henry Davids, who has suffered a thumb injury, Robin Peterson, who has indicated his intention to sign a Kolpak contract with Derbyshire and is thus ineligible for any CSA representative teams, and Ryan McLaren who debuted for the Proteas in Friday night's Pro20 loss to England.

With Wayne Parnell still on the injury list, the selectors felt that McLaren could end up playing three matches in less than a week with the one-day international series against England starting on Friday.

The replacements - all from the Cape Cobras - are Gibbs, Andrew Puttick and Rory Kleinveldt.

"Herschelle has shown excellent form in recent MTN40 matches," said selection convener Mike Procter, "and this match will give him a further opportunity to press his case for an international recall.

"He is showing the consistency we want from him and his last innings was a match-winning century.

"The door is not closed to him or indeed to anybody else who produces the goods in domestic cricket.

"Both Puttick and Kleinveldt impressed for the Cobras in the Champions League competition."

South Africa 'A' squad:

Hashim Amla (captain), CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Herschelle Gibbs, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Andrew Puttick, Rilee Rossouw, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld


  • Adri Smit - 2009-11-14 18:37

    He should have been in the SA squad in the first place. He's got the experience, match winning abality and fielding to turn any game on its head. Do Procter really think Peterson is a better allround player than Gibbs? They will as usaul find that out when its too late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Double J - 2009-11-14 20:31

    I agree with Adri about this. He might not be hitting 100's in every game but there is only two people that could do fielding in that position he play. One was Jonty Roads and H Gibbs. But let the SA Cricket team loos.... then at least we can say 3 out of 3 of our SA team's performs the same.... Viva Bafana Bafana (Well at least they did not loos this weekend’s game but did not win either)

  • Craai - 2009-11-14 23:00

    @ Double J -It's spelled lose not loos, Jonty Rhodes not Jonty Roads, there ARE only two people..., not "there is only two people", teams not "team's" etc. Freakin' hell dude, get a dictionary and grammar checker

  • protea - 2009-11-15 19:12

    Botttom line is that Gibbs is too inconsistant. He is the most talented batsman in the country by a long way and I agree with Proctor and co by dropping him. The team needs to bring in a few new faces which there are plenty of in our local scene and start giving some youngsters some experience when a third of the team retire after 2011 world cup. Herchelle has had a magnificent career but I think its time to move on.

  • Proteas for ever - 2009-11-15 19:14

    Gibbs should automatically be in the Proteas squad; he has proved himself several times in the 'off' season and there are other players in the squad whose form doesn't match Herschelle's...hope he gets back for the one dayers...never a dull moment when he's around!!

  • Bernard - 2009-11-15 21:11

    Hey, Gibbs has served SA very well over many years. Unfortunately his sell by date is over. Teach him to commentate or become a batting coach etc. He needs to retire with dignity.

  • Ian - 2009-11-16 05:42

    form is temp, class is permanent!

  • Peter Pan - 2009-11-16 08:15

    GIBBS in a class of his own. You cant drop Ponting (even at his worst) from any side. SAns are too spoiled for choice. Shaun Pollock was cruising for 3 years in the national team ... He bowled potatoes and pumpkins. He wasnt dropped, Whats the Bottomline?

  • Devin - 2009-11-16 08:46

    Don't you cricket fans want Earl Rose to play for the Proteas? We will be happy to give him to you!

  • b - 2009-11-17 10:57

    How come they always play in Potch when it's exam time????? They will get double the fans if they play on a Wednesday night in the middle of the semester.

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