SA duo deserve spots - Kepler

2011-08-24 07:50

Cape Town - Former SA captain Kepler Wessels says Rilee Rossouw (21) and Dean Elgar (24) thoroughly deserve their spots in the Proteas' training camp.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday named a squad of 28 players to attend a pre-season training camp at the Arabella Golf Estate in Kleinmond next week. 

The two Chevrolet Knights batsmen and bizhub Highveld Lions fast bowler Craig Alexander are the only players included that have not yet played for South Africa.

And Wessels believes Rossouw and Elgar's form over the last three year's has justified their inclusion. He also feels it creates a healthy situation at the top level of the South African game.

"It's a good thing, because it also puts pressure on the other batsmen," Wessels told the Volksblad newspaper.

The former Protea opening batsman feels one or two spots could open up in South Africa's Test and One-Day team's, and views the two Knights playmakers as strong candidates to fill those gaps.

He believes the duo will learn a lot from Proteas coach Gary Kirsten - who was also an accomplished batsman.

The full Proteas 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).


  • betha - 2011-08-24 08:34

    where is steyn?

      Ollie - 2011-08-24 08:52

      Dale Steyn? he's in the team

  • - 2011-08-24 08:37

    Yes! But what about Rudolph, Boucher, Vd Merwe?

      roboman1 - 2011-08-24 09:48

      Old Spike, and VD Merwe was lucky, he does not have technique for this level, nice player at provincial level and maybe a bit of hit and giggle at 20 20, but even there he seems to of being found out

  • Dan - 2011-08-24 08:37

    Looking at that list of names, I see severalplayers which have been given chances over and over and over and just never made it at international level - Loots Bosman, Colin Ingram, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Rusty Theron, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Roelof van der Merwe, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, etc. Surely there must be better talent out there!!!

      PietSkiet - 2011-08-24 08:58

      You are cooked in the head Dan: I can agree on some of the names but not all of them: Bosman, the hammer has been one of our best T20 batsman but agree he getting a bit long in the tooth. Ingram, still young, if they disregarded Kallis who had a worst start to his international career we would not have the current number 1 test batsman and arguably the best all rounder ever to play the game. McLaren, went through a bad patch but one of the best domestic bowlers last year. Miller, refer to Ingram above and one of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball in RSA and most likely our future finisher in ODI's. Philander never let SA down and a very handy all rounder. Rusty, How can you say two or three games are sufficient chances and he performed well in those games as well. van Jaarsveld had one tour to Aus when they were at the top of the game. Roelof went through a bad patch but has found great form towards the end of the domestic season. AND LOPSY was one of the best performers in the SA squad last year you IDIOT!!

      JustinD - 2011-08-25 21:07

      dan the dummy

  • Nawe - 2011-08-24 08:44

    @Dan On which channel do u watch your cricket? SABC3 maybe? Dave Miller,Loots Bosman And Lonwabo Tsotsobe deserve to be there...

  • Brendan - 2011-08-24 09:27

    What type of cricket camp do you have at a golf resort - oh yes - the taxpayer will foot that one I suppose?

      KH - 2011-08-24 13:29

      Its cool Brendan, I paid for it.

  • Johann - 2011-08-26 19:37

    yes, time for young blood in our squad

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