World Cup door open - Hudson

2010-10-25 22:30
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Johann de Jager

Bloemfontein – South Africa’s cricket selectors will definitely keep an eye on the coming MTN40-series with a view to next year’s World Cup.

That statement by Proteas selection boss Andrew Hudson is a carrot dangled in front of the noses of a number of hopefuls looking to participate in the global showpiece.

Hudson effectively confirmed that the door is still open for players that excel in the local competition that starts on Friday.

He said that the Proteas’ coming one-day series against Pakistan would be a good indicator of where the South African team currently stands.

“If there are aspects (of our game) that we feel we need to strengthen, we will look at that. Players that produce outstanding performances in the local one-day competition will definitely be in contention.”

Hudson also realises they need to be prepared for possible injuries, as was the case with a handful of Proteas players at the start of the current season.

The Proteas will have a final opportunity to prepare for the World Cup with five one-day internationals against India in January.

“The squad picked for those games should more or less be the same players that we send to the World Cup.”

Colin Ingram has been rewarded for his good batting performances in last season's limited overs matches. He scored 600 runs in last year’s MTN40-series.

The country is full of talented players like Ingram that wouldn't let any South African team down.

Jacques Rudolph, who was recently crowned the top one-day batsman in England, is once again available for South Africa. Herschelle Gibbs is also dreaming of a swansong on the sub-continent.

Gibbs is set to play blitz cricket in Australia after the MTN40-series. He will be in action for the Cape Cobras against the Dolphins in the first MTN40 match of the season on Friday.

Rudolph, who captains the Titans, will be out to impress against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday, while the Lions and Knights meet in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

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