SA, Oz prepare for World T20

2014-03-07 14:01

Port Elizabeth - South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday.

Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a succession of 20-overs games would not normally have much more than entertainment value, but for both teams it provides an opportunity to prepare for the World Twenty20, which starts in Bangladesh a week after the last match of the series.

Both squads show considerable changes from the Test teams, with new captains and new players in key roles.

With fast bowling spearhead Mitchell Johnson withdrawn to enable him to rest ahead of the world event, Australia's squad includes only three players who appeared in the Test series.

Nine of South Africa's 16-man squad played in the Tests but Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock and Wayne Parnell only appeared in one Test each, while fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss at least the first two matches after suffering a hamstring strain during the third Test.

Abbott is not part of the World T20 squad but was called up as cover for Steyn.

There are injury concerns over two other fast bowlers, Parnell and newcomer Beuran Hendricks, who will both have fitness tests ahead of the first match after suffering recent injuries.

It is a particularly important period for South African T20 captain Faf du Plessis.

Following the retirement of Graeme Smith, Du Plessis and former schoolmate AB de Villiers, the one-day international captain, are the two leading candidates to take over the Test leadership.

The South African squad includes short-game specialists such as hard-hitting left-handed batsman David Miller and all-rounder Albie Morkel, who returns to international action after a two-year absence.

Australia will be captained by batsman George Bailey, who was dropped from the Test team after playing in all five Ashes Tests against England earlier in the summer.

The tourists have a strong line-up of quick-scoring batsmen, including opener Aaron Finch, who hit a world T20 international record score of 156 against England in 2013.


South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Australia: George Bailey (captain), Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wkt), Moises Henriques, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.


March 9: Port Elizabeth (day)

March 12: Durban (day-night)

March 14: Centurion (day-night)


  • Darren Peach804 - 2014-03-08 15:43

    Whats the point. Clarke has already declared that Australia are going to win it. In-fact, Cancel the tournament and give the Aussies the Trophy. Might as well cancel the 50 over version of the World Cup as well. Clarke probably believes that belongs to Australia. You know what, Lets not even bother playing Cricket anymore, Clarke reckons he is the best, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and West Indies, We are lesser people than those Aussies. Lets all runaway in fear. Otherwise Clarke will set Mitchell on to you with his mean mustache and arm breaking skill. We cower in fear of you Australia. maybe Clarke thinks his Cricket team will win the Next Rugby world cup......Why stop there, They can probably build a car out of burnt stumps and win the F1 championship. We know that they are going to win the Football world cup, Those skilled Cricketers of theirs. Maybe they should take on Nascar and the NFL too. I bet they can Invade America and use Mitchel's bowling prowess to take out the entire US military ! Chuck Norris beware, Michael Clarke says you are a Wimp !

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-08 17:20

      to be fair, that aussie batting line up looks very intimidating.. they can post 200 plus they have so many heavy hitters one after the other :(

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