Uncapped trio in Proteas squad
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday named a squad of 28 players to attend
a pre-season training camp at Arabella Golf Estate next week.
The camp will run from Monday to Friday and will cover all aspects of
preparation, both on and off the field.
The squad originally consisted of 31 players but three players – Wayne
Parnell (Sussex), Imran Tahir (Hampshire) and Alviro Petersen (Glamorgan) – are
not available because of county commitments.
The group includes three players who have yet to be capped in the Proteas’
Castle Lager squads – Chevrolet Knights all-rounder Dean Elgar, Chevrolet
Knights batsman Rilee Rossouw and bizhub Highveld Lions fast bowler Craig
“The squad consists of all the CSA contracted players plus another 11 who
have either represented the Proteas before or who have done well enough at
South Africa A level recently to merit consideration for promotion,” commented
CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.
“I can’t stress enough how important the A side has become,” he added. “This
is our 2nd XI and is the only way for players to gain promotion to the Castle
Lager Test and ODI squads.
“It is significant that Rilee Rossouw and Vaughn van Jaarsveld only got
their latest chance to go on the South African A tour of Zimbabwe when other
players dropped out for a variety of reasons. Both players grabbed the
opportunity and their form has been acknowledged by the selectors.”
National team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee commented: “This is a very
important camp as it is the only chance for Gary Kirsten and his new management
team to work with the players before most of them go off to play in the Nokia
Champions League in India.
“It will be a wide-ranging camp that will include involving former Proteas
and establishing a true family environment in addition to normal cricket and
fitness issues.” The full squad is:
Graeme Smith (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Craig Alexander
(bizhub Highveld Lions), Hashim Amla (Sunfoil Dolphins), Loots Bosman (Sunfoil
Dolphins), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors), Mark Boucher (Nashua Mobile Cape
Cobras), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras),
Faf du Plessis (Nashua Titans), Dean Elgar (Chevrolet Knights), Paul Harris
(Nashua Titans), Colin Ingram (Chevrolet Warriors), Jacques Kallis (Nashua
Mobile Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (Nashua Titans), Ryan McLaren (Chevrolet
Knights), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Morne
Morkel (Nashua Titans), Robbie Peterson (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Vernon
Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Ashwell Prince (Chevrolet Warriors),
Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights), Jacques Rudolph (Nashua Titans), Dale Steyn
(Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Rusty Theron (Chevrolet Warriors), Lonwabo
Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans), Vaughn van
Jaarsveld (Sunfoil Dolphins).