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Albie backs AB to succeed

2012-01-09 19:43
AB de Villiers (File)
Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder, Albie Morkel, believes AB de Villiers is the right man for the captaincy, ahead of the five-match
ODI series starting at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.

This will be De Villiers’s first series in charge since his appointment seven months ago and his fellow team-mate and friend is confident he will be capable of the task.

“I think he is going to do a great job,” said Morkel. “AB (de Villiers) is on top of his own game, I think that is very important for him as a leader. He will lead from the front because he is comfortable with his own game and he knows how he plays, I don’t think he will change his style. 

“He is a likeable character around the country. I know him pretty well, we stayed together when we were youngsters he was a naughty boy,” chuckled Morkel.
 
“Since then he has grown up a lot and I’m looking forward to see how he develops as a captain.”

Morkel was drafted into the squad after Dean Elgar was released due to a knee injury and last represented the Proteas against Pakistan in November 2010 in Dubai. He comes off a Man-of-the-Match performance for the Titans this past weekend where he scored an unbeaten 127 and 55 and took five wickets, steady progress after the beginning of his season was disrupted by a couple of injuries.

“It’s been probably just over a year (since he played for the Proteas) and obviously a few injuries helped me to get back into the side. I guess I also scored the runs and took wickets at the right time for the Titans so I’m very happy to be back and hopefully I can make a contribution when I get the chance.”

Cape Cobras’ seamer, Rory Kleinveldt makes his debut call-up for the Proteas after an impressive performance in the 1-Day Cup, which was also won by the Cobras.

Ironically, Kleinveldt had to sit out of the final to make way for the return of the Proteas’ players but still ended up as the Cobras’ second highest wicket-taker, only behind seasoned veteran Charl Langeveldt.

Kleinveldt together with South Africa’s latest sensation Philander played most of their domestic cricket alongside Langeveldt, who has been an invaluable source of experience and guidance for the youngsters.

“It’s very handy having them around, especially Charl (Langeveldt), he has played a lot of international cricket and his knowledge has always been a good thing for me and for Vernon (Philander), we fed off him quite a bit. Our coach Pybie (Richard Pybus) as well, he has helped myself and Vern along over the last two years and the results have come from that.”
 

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