Parnell, McLaren vie for spot
McLaren and Parnell (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Convener of the national selection panel, Andrew Hudson
has named Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell as the leading candidates to
fill the void left by legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis following his
retirement from Test cricket.
Speaking to the Cape Times
Hudson said the Proteas have been forced to abandon the "seven batsmen
strategy" that the Proteas have had the luxury of in recent times, due
to the retirement of Kallis.
The Proteas will instead opt to play six batsmen and a bowling all-rounder who will operate as the fourth seamer, Hudson said.
Hudson said the Proteas lacked batting all-rounder options, and certainly did not have players of the same caliber as Kallis.
Hudson named McLaren and Parnell as the leading contenders to replace Kallis.
Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher last week said he would pick
McLaren for the South African Test team in place of his good friend and
former team-mate Kallis following the 38-year old's retirement
from Test and first class cricket.
McLaren, 30, has only played
one Test for the Proteas, but Hudson said he was confident that the
Knights player wouldn't let the team down.
Parnell will also
probably be in the Test squad named to face Australia to add an X-factor
for the team, but is likely to be considered as the long-term option to
replace Kallis, rather than the immediate replacement.
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