Meet the Proteas World Cup squad

2015-01-11 06:00

Here are players who will represent SA at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

AB de Villiers (Captain)

Age: 30

Role: Batsman, wicketkeeper

ODIs: 175

Runs: 7 210

Average: 51.5

Dismissals: 88

Made his debut debut against England in 2004 as an opening batsman. He was also used in the middle-order and kept wicket in the same season.

He and Hashim Amla briefly held the ODI third wicket all-time partnership record of 238, established against Pakistan in 2013. He is also the joint second-fastest batsman in the history of the game to score 6 000 ODI runs.

Hashim Amla (Vice-captain)

Age: 31

Role: Batsman

ODIs: 103

Runs: 4 946

Average: 53.2

The Test captain has made a meteoric rise up the batting rankings in both Test match and ODI cricket over the past five years and is currently ranked in the top four in both categories.

He scored 20 of his 22 Test centuries during that period and another 11 in the limited-over format.

At the start of the 2011-12 season, he was named vice-captain of both the ODI and T20 teams and led the Proteas in the ODI series against Australia, but has since relinquished that role. He became SA’s Test captain in 2014.

Kyle Abbott

Age: 27

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 9

Wickets: 5

Average: 54.2

Economy: 4.3

He was rewarded for an outstanding 2012-13 season, both in the Sunfoil Series, in which he was the leading wicket-taker with 49 dismissals, and in the Momentum One-Day Cup, with selection for all three national squads.

Farhaan Behardien

Age: 31

Role: All-rounder

ODIs: 16

Runs: 289

Average: 22.2

Wickets: 8

Average: 30.1

Economy: 4.8

Regarded as one of SA’s best finishers, the player has been an outstanding performer in domestic limited-overs cricket for a number of seasons.

He impressed with both his talent and temperament while playing for SA A and the Emerging Proteas, as well as for the Titans franchise.

Behardien hit a six off the last ball to secure victory for SA in the Hong Kong Sixes final in 2009.

Quinton de Kock

Age: 22

Role: Batsman, wicketkeeper

ODIs: 35

Runs: 1 482

Average: 43.5

Dismissals: 59

De Kock has achieved more things in cricket by the age of 22 than many of his peers have achieved in their entire careers.

In 2013, he enjoyed a record-breaking ODI series against India in which he became the fifth player to score three successive centuries in this format and the second player to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. He is also the fastest wicketkeeper to 50 one-day dismissals, passing the landmark in his 27th game.

JP Duminy

Age: 30

Role: All-rounder

ODIs: 129

Runs: 3 571

Average: 39.2

Wickets: 45

Average: 40.2

Economy: 5

Identified as one for the future at a young age, it came as no surprise when he made his Test debut against Australia in 2008 and contributed towards a historic series win.

He made his ODI debut as a 20-year-old under difficult circumstances in Sri Lanka in 2004 and it was only three years later that he was able to establish himself as a regular for the Proteas. He has also developed into a useful off-spinner.

Faf du Plessis

Age: 30

Role: Batsman

ODIs: 62

Runs: 1 892

Average: 34.4

He forced his way into the Proteas’ ODI line-up during the 2010-11 season through sheer weight of runs when he hit three centuries and made more than 500 runs in the domestic limited-over competition.

He carried this form into his debut ODI against India with a half-century.

His leadership skills were acknowledged when he was made captain of the T20 squad in 2012. He has also stood in for AB de Villiers as captain of the ODI squad.

Imran Tahir

Age: 35

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 27

Wickets: 47

Average: 21.1

Economy: 4.3

The Pakistani-born leg-spinner had to wait to represent his adopted country, but has made up for lost time since making his debut in 2011 and has become one of the leading short-format bowlers in the game. He often suffers the frustration of missing out when the Proteas go with an all-seam attack, but will be a key man Down Under.

David Miller

Age: 25

Role: Batsman

ODIs: 58

Runs: 1 090

Average: 30.2

The powerful hitter forced his way into both South African limited-over squads for the tour to the West Indies in 2010 on the back of his outstanding form for SA A against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

During the 2013 tour to Sri Lanka he established himself as the best pinch-hitter in the Protea line-up. He is also an outstanding fielder.

Morné Morkel

Age: 30

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 87

Wickets: 148

Average: 24.2

Economy: 4.9

One of the tallest bowlers ever to represent SA, his lethal combination of pace and bounce and ability to swing the ball both ways means he is certain to be a handful at the global showpiece.

Aaron Phangiso

Age: 30

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 12

Wickets: 14

Average: 34.2

Economy: 4.4

He produced a stunning display for the Highveld Lions to emerge as the top spinner, in terms of both wickets and economy, in the 2012 edition of the Champions League T20.

He is also an outstanding fielder and useful lower-order batsman.He became a regular member of the ODI team during the 2014 series against Zimbabwe and his game has gone from strength to strength. His off-spin will complement Imran Tahir’s deliveries, which turn the other way.

Wayne Parnell

Age: 25

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 43

Wickets: 59

Average: 30.2

Economy: 5.5

Parnell was singled out as a player for higher honours at a young age when he was selected to represent SA at the under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He was back two years later in Bangladesh as captain when he led the junior Proteas to a place in the final, impressing as a leader and pace bowler.

He made a successful return to international cricket during the 2013 T20 series in Sri Lanka and the Test team in 2014, following a long lay-off due to a major injury he sustained in 2010.

Vernon Philander

Age: 29

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 21

Wickets: 27

Average: 23.6

Economy: 4.4

Philander made his Proteas’ debut in the ODI series against Ireland and India in 2007, taking 4/12 and followed this by being selected for the inaugural World T20 tournament, held in SA. The nagging seamer and tidy lower-order batsman recently returned to the ODI squad.

Rilee Rossouw

Age: 25

Role: Batsman

ODIs: 9

Runs: 145

Average: 16.1

The player first came to light as a schoolboy, playing for SA Schools in 2007 and being selected for the 2008 under-19 World Cup. He has been a prodigious scorer of runs at franchise and SA A level and it was always going to be a matter of time before he received an international call-up.

Dale Steyn

Age: 31

Role: Bowler

ODIs: 93

Wickets: 145

Average: 25.6

Economy: 4.8

He has maintained the Proteas’ tradition of producing some of the world’s great fast bowlers as a leader of the national attack.

He is the complete package: a superb athlete and a master of reverse-swing who bowls at a searing pace. He holds the South African record for the most five- (24) and 10-wicket hauls (5).

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