The South African selectors took their time pondering and having pondered, arrived at a decision to include two relatively unknown faces to replace two of the better known ones in South Africa’s World Cup 2011 squad for the Indian sub continent.
Graeme Smith, the South African captain, will be partnered by Hashim Amla at the top of the innings while the top order will include Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. With JP Duminy and now Faf du Plessis, they believe they have the line up covered along with the youngster Colin Ingram.
In the fast bowling department, their obvious first choices would be Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel backed up by Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell, only the latter yet to show the form that he did when he first burst onto the scene.
Interesting it is the spin department that South Africa believe they have made themselves self sufficient in. While Johan Botha walks in as the number one spinner, the Pakistan-born leg spinner, Imran Tahir, who is yet to play an ODI has been included along with Robin Peterson.
While AB de Villiers has been the team’s new wicket keeper of late with Mark Boucher falling out of favour with the selectors, the selectors decided that rather than have another all rounder, perhaps Albie Morkel, as they considered with respect to the injury to Jacques Kallis, they decided to add a reserve wicket keeper cum opener in Morne van Wyk who has been playing rather well in domestic cricket although his international cricket has not really taken off.
South Africa’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad:
Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk