Justin Kemp would not have imagined that in the two years since he left the South African colours to join the ICL, he would be back in the reckoning for South Africa.
Kemp must consider himself fortunate. Less a week before, he was talking about how he was beginning to imagine a career back in the South African colours and his name makes the cut for South Africa’s 30 probables for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
Although the names will eventually narrow down. But Kemp returns from stints with the Hyderabad Heroes for the ICL and for Kent in the England county circuit as the Cape Cobras captain. While he was glad to come back to the CSA (Cricket South Africa) fold after the problems that cropped up with the Indian Cricket League, the captaincy with Kent briefly and with the Cape Cobras appeared to have reignited the flame.
Kemp was a huge asset for South Africa and Graeme Smith following in the league of Lance Klusener. But as Kemp himself has often said, he is more in the league of a batsman who would rather have the opportunity to settle in before putting his big hitting to the hilt. In that sense, he is different from Lance Klusener. With Albie Morkel going through a bit of a lull, perhaps more from a confidence perspective, Kemp could find himself back in that team, doing what he does best.
South Africa’s 2010 ICC World Twenty20 30 Probables:
Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Abdulla, Hashim Amla, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Colin Ingram, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Ethy Mbhalati, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Johannes van der Wath, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morne van Wyk.