Where is McLaren? asks Fanie

2015-01-09 10:21
Fanie de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former fast bowler Fanie de Villiers says he cannot understand why all-rounder Ryan McLaren did not make South Africa's World Cup squad.

The 15-man Proteas squad was unveiled on Wednesday, with McLaren a notable absentee.

Wayne Parnell was preferred as all-rounder for the showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand.

In in interview with Netwerk24, De Villiers said he was stunned when he saw that McLaren's name was not among the 15 chosen for the tournament Down Under.

"Ryan was one of the team's stalwarts over the last 18 months. He could be the team's rock in pressure situations," said De Villiers.

De Villiers said he would not have opted for Parnell.

"You simply have to look at the figures. Ryan may have struggled in Australia (South Africa lost their last ODI series 4-1 there), but the statistics show he is a more reliable option. Between him and Wayne, who would you pick to play for your child's life? I know what my answer would be," continued De Villiers.

McLaren, 31, has represented the Proteas in 54 ODIs. He has taken 77 wickets at an average of 27.29, with an economy rate of 5.24. He has scored 485 runs at an average of 18.65 and a strike rate of 71.32.

Parnell, 25, has played 43 ODIs, taking 59 wickets at an average of 30.20, with an economy rate of 5.51. He has scored 344 runs at an average of 22.93 and a strike rate of 78.71.

Proteas World Cup squad:

AB de Villiers (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras, vice-captain), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Wayne Parnell (Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras)

Read more on:    proteas  |  cwc 2015  |  ryan mclaren  |  wayne parnell  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming

Sunday, 03 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Johannesburg 10:00
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Centurion 13:00
Sunday, 10 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Durban 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.