Proteas

No Kallis for Champions Trophy

2013-05-02 10:43
Jacques Kallis (File)
Cape Town - JP Duminy returns to the Proteas' ODI squad for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be held in England and Wales at the start of next month.

Jacques Kallis has, however, made himself unavailable for personal reasons.

It will be Duminy’s first selection since he suffered a severe ankle injury during the first Test match against Australia six months ago.

“JP is well on the way to a full recovery,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson.

“The latest information is that he will be fully fit to play his part in all three disciplines by the end of the month. He is a very experienced limited overs cricketer and we don’t anticipate his lack of match practice being any kind of problem.

“His return adds a lot of balance to the side and that, together with the presence of two batting all-rounders in Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien, means that we now have the option to go into the tournament with seven specialist batsmen.

“Jacques’ experience will obviously be missed, but it does create an opportunity for David Miller whose recent form has been most impressive. It also gives a young player the chance to make his mark ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2015.

“We have stayed consistent with the squad that played in the ODI series against Pakistan, also bearing in mind that we wanted to choose players who are well equipped for England conditions.

“As always there are unlucky players. Unfortunately we can only take 15 players to England. However, the World Cup is two years away in Australasia and is a wonderful incentive for those who have missed out to concentrate their focus."

Proteas ICC Champions Trophy squad:

AB de Villiers (Titans - captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Colin Ingram (Warriors), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren (Knights), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Robbie Peterson (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Graeme Smith (Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Dolphins)

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