Cricket

Rudolph to lead South Africa A

2011-03-16 10:20
Jacques Rudolph (Gallo)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa on Wednesday named Jacques Rudolph of the Nashua Titans as captain of the South Africa A side for next month’s home series against their Bangladeshi counterparts.

“Jacques will lead the team in both the four-day and one-day series,” commented selection convener Andrew Hudson, “although he may not be available for the final one-day match. He has done an excellent job for the Titans this summer both as leader and player and he brings a level of experience that will be invaluable, particularly to the younger players.”

The South Africa A side will be defending a proud record which saw them unbeaten in two away series on the sub-continent last year.

“There were five players we could not consider because of their commitments to the Indian Premier League,” added Hudson. “They are Rilee Rossouw, Jonathan Vandiar, Rusty Theron, Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram.”

There are interesting new bowling selections in Craig Alexander of the bizhub Highveld Lions and Keshav Maharaj of the Nashua Dolphins as the selectors look to build depth in this area. Alexander is one of the quickest bowlers in the country and has represented South Africa in two under-19 World Cups. Maharaj, a left arm spinner, has come to the fore in the Dolphins’ limited overs campaigns this season. He is also a former SA Schools player.

There is also a return for impressive Nashua Titans seamer Ethy Mbhalati who missed both of last year’s South Africa A tours through injury and a recall for Justin Ontong of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras who has shown impressive form this season.

Farhaan Behardien, the hard-hitting Nashua Titans all-rounder, also gets a chance at this level.

South Africa A four-day squad: Jacques Rudolph (Nashua Titans, capt), Craig Alexander (bizhub Highveld Lions), Farhaan Behardien (Nashua Titans), Dean Elgar (Chevrolet Knights), Quinton Friend (Nashua Dolphins), Heino Kuhn (Nashua Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Nashua Dolphins), Ethy Mbhalati (Nashua Titans), Ryan McLaren (Chevrolet Knights), Justin Ontong (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Andrew Puttick (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras).

South Africa A one-day squad: Jacques Rudolph (Nashua Titans, capt), Craig Alexander (bizhub Highveld Lions), Farhaan Behardien (Nashua Titans), Loots Bosman (Nashua Dolphins), Dean Elgar (Chevrolet Knights), Imraan Khan (Nashua Dolphins), Heino Kuhn (Nashua Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Nashua Dolphins), Ethy Mbhalati (NashuaTitans), Ryan McLaren (Chevrolet Knights), David Miller (Nashua Dolphins), Vernon Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras).

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