Rudolph to lead South Africa A

2011-03-16 10:20

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).


  • jj chonco - 2011-03-16 10:31

    Rudolph should be in the Proteas starting 11 for test!!

      JustinD - 2011-03-16 10:39

      Absolutely, he is pure class.

  • Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 10:44

    He is no doubt one of the best batsman in the country but I have a problem with who to leave out in order to accomodate him in the 1st 11.

      piet - 2011-03-16 10:57

      You leave out Peterson.

  • makabongwet - 2011-03-16 10:54

    his omission has a lot to do with Graeme's selection. I think had we given him time he would have given Graeme a run for his money over a ten year test career.

  • Broombastic - 2011-03-16 10:59

    Imraan Khan? That is the biggest WTF ever! He shouldn't even be in the dolphins team...

  • Superdude - 2011-03-16 11:08

    I am a huge Rudolph fan...I really wish he had kicked on in tests. Him aside, the four day squad looks pretty average.

  • Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 11:09

    Where are the genuine fast bowlers to take over from Steyn and Morkel?

  • Lisa - 2011-03-16 11:51

    Drop Smith and put Rudolph into the test squad

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:31

      yeah yeah

  • LoveCricket - 2011-03-16 11:51

    Vernon Plonker Philander!!!! Who's ass is he up to get a place?!? What a joke! I agree with Mxo32.

  • jwow36 - 2011-03-16 12:48

    are you kidding me??? WTF Vernon Philander and Craig Alexander....what about Garnett Kruger, Basheer Walters and Lyall Meyer, why are they not there

  • Icamma - 2011-03-16 13:28

    Vernon Philander???? Biggest "has-been-cricketer" ever, apart from Loots Bosman...they will be selected for SA teams as long as they have . What happened to Tsolekile, Mpitsang, Kleinveldt and Garnet Kruger? Surely they haven't found form, so why not selecting them as well? Still no Davey Jacobs, Albie Morkel, Richard Levi at least for one-day squad? Stiaan van Zyl & Ryan Bailey for 4-day squad?

      LoveCricket - 2011-03-16 13:51

      Philander wasn't even good enough to have been a has been. I agree, where is Richard Levi? He has had a great season so far!

      Aldrich - 2011-03-16 15:37

      Davey Jacobs, Albie Morkel, Richard Levi - extremly unlucky not to make the WC side

  • jwow36 - 2011-03-16 13:51

    WTF vernon philander and craig alexander what did they do???where is garnett kruger, lyall meyer & basheer walters pls selectors open your eyes

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