The biggest name to be missing out on the extravaganza at home is one of the Morkel brothers and it is not Albie.
Morne Morkel will be the noticeable absentee in the South African squad named for the ICC Champions Trophy in September. According to the selection panel, Morne has missed out on a berth due to a combination of a lack of consistency in terms of picking wickets and also, of the fact that South Africa have quite a few bowlers kicking at the heels for a change.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who injured himself after bowling well against Australia in the one day series down under, makes a comeback as does veteran spinner, Robin Peterson, the latter also providing batting promise.
The South African team will be led by skipper Graeme Smith and includes the two all rounders, Albie Morkel and powerhouse performer Jacques Kallis, in addition to the rise of Roelof van der Merwe. Charl Langeveldt has missed out due to injury or else, he would have joined the likes of Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, and young and impressive Wayne Parnell.
Former South African cricketer and fielding ace, Jonty Rhodes, has refused to label home advantage for the hosts as teams are using to playing on different surfaces and given the amount of international cricket, it hardly matters where players play. We shall see!
South African team for the ICC Champions Trophy:
Graeme Smith, Johan Botha, Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe