Proteas name Oz slayers
Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday called up all-rounders, Ryan Mclaren of the Knights and Wayne Parnell
of the Warriors, to the Proteas' Test squad for the three-match Test series against Australia next month.
The national selectors have named a squad of 15 that sees the recall of Parnell and McLaren in the places of Jacques Kallis
(retired) and Imran Tahir
Coincidentally both all-rounders made their debut in the same Test match against England at the Wanderers Stadium in 2010 - a match that the Proteas won by an innings and 74 runs in what amounted to little more than two days of actual playing time.
Parnell went on to play in South Africa’s next two Test matches in India and both players have been involved in several of South Africa’s Test squads abroad.
“We want to stay constant to the brand of cricket we have played over the last few years that has brought us such success,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson. “I believe that this squad covers all possible options we may wish to exercise as well as the conditions we are likely to encounter.
“Two other players - Beuran Hendricks
and Simon Harmer - will be joining the squad to assist with the preparation leading into the first Test match. They are both highly talented cricketers who will benefit from being introduced to the Proteas environment. They also possess individual skills that will assist the team with their preparation for the Australian attack we are likely to face.”Proteas Test squad: Graeme Smith
(Cape Cobras, captain), Hashim Amla
(Cape Cobras), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy
(Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Dean Elgar
(Knights), Rory Kleinveldt
(Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren
(Knights), Morné Morkel
(Titans), Wayne Parnell
(Warriors), Alviro Petersen
(Highveld Lions), Robin Peterson (Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander
(Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn
(Cape Cobras), Thami Tsolekile
(Highveld Lions).Australia tour fixtures:
5-8 February: Australia v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
12-16 February: 1st Test match, SuperSport Park, Centurion
20-24 February: 2nd Test match, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
1-5 March: 3rd Test match, Newlands, Cape Town
9 March: 1st T20 International, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (Day)
12 March: 2nd T20 International, Kingsmead, Durban (Day/Night)
14 March: 3rd T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)