North-South squads settled
Paul Adams (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - After a month-long voting period that saw fans choose their favourite players, Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced the final squads for the Momentum Multiply State of Origin match that will be played at Newlands on January 4.
Geoffrey Toyana will be in charge of the North Squad while the South Squad will have Paul Adams
at the helm.
Both coaches will select their captains and playing eleven for the match. The playing rules will permit the respective coaches to select a batting XI and a fielding/bowling XI that will allow full use of the players selected by the public.
Following player workload analysis and careful assessment, the CSA Medical Committee has requested Dale Steyn
, Morné Morkel and Vernon Philander
to be withdrawn from the squads while AB de Villiers will miss out due to surgery needed on his left hand.
"AB fractured his left hand during the IPL in 2011 after which he had a plate inserted to assist with recovery. The plate has started to cause discomfort in his hand and will be surgically removed in the first week of January. The recovery period is usually 3-4 weeks and he should be ready in time for the series against Australia in February," explained Proteas Team Manager, Mohammed Moosajee.
All four players were selected by the public. They will, however, be in attendance at Newlands during the Cell C Festival of Cricket.
The Festival of Cricket is an exciting new event on the South African domestic cricket calendar that will see cricket and entertainment go hand in hand.
Award winning artists such as Prime Circle, Jack Parrow, BlackByrd, The Marc Beling Band and The Graeme Watkins Project will be entertaining fans over the three days.
The festival kicks off on Friday, January 3 with the Proteas taking on the Springboks in a T20 encounter.
On Saturday January 4, two exciting cricket matches will take place. The first will see the nation’s best women players competing in the Momentum Women’s invitational T20 match followed by the Momentum Multiply State of Origin clash between the North and South teams.
The festival concludes on Sunday with an amazing opening round of the T20 Challenge that will feature all six franchises in a triple header.North squad:
, Chris Morris
, Dane Vilas
, David Wiese, Faf du Plessis, Graeme Smith
, Mangaliso Mosehle, Morné van Wyk, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks
, Ryan McLaren
, Simon Harmer, Vaughn van Jaarsveld
, Colin Ingram
, Daryn Smit
, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien
, Hashim Amla
, Henry Davids
, Jacques Kallis
, JP Duminy
, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
, Prenelan Subrayen
, Robin Peterson
, Thami Tsolekile