Amla edges Botha as captain

2011-10-05 00:00

DOLPHINS batsman Hashim Amla will make his national captaincy debut in both the T20 and One Day International formats when the Protea’s start their series against Australia next week.

He captains the side in the absence of injured AB De Villiers and edged out Johan Botha, who has captained the side in both formats in the past.

The opening fixture is the first of two T20 international matches to be played at Newlands on October 13.

Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) national selectors on Monday named the squads for both formats.

Richard Levi of the Cape Cobras is the only new cap — in the T20 format — while there are recalls for David Miller in both formats and for Mark Boucher in the ODI format.

Heino Kuhn will keep wicket in the T20 format.

The inclusion of Boucher and Miller at the expense of Morné van Wyk, Colin Ingram and De Villiers are the changes to the ODI squad that did duty at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

CSA convener of selectors Andrew Hudson said that with the ICC World Twenty20 less than a year away, the Proteas need to keep a solid core of experience around the side.

He said, “But at the same time we want to give younger players a run as well and this certainly applies in the case of Richard Levi and David Miller.

“We don’t have a lot of T20 International matches before the ICC event, so it is important that we give the likes of Levi, Miller and Ingram an extended run.”

Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn have been left out of the T20 squad as part of CSA’s rotation policy.

Hudson reported that both players were keen to play.

“We have a lot of cricket ahead of us, not just this season, but also in the next off-season with the tour to England as well as the World Twenty20 and we must manage our senior players sensibly,” he said.

Hudson added that the ODI squad needs just a few tweaks after the World Cup campaign.

“We will probably go in with seven batsmen, including Boucher at number seven, and we have kept all our bowling options that worked well at the World Cup. We will be able to go in with four specialist bowlers plus the back-up of Kallis, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis,” he said.

Boucher and Albie Morkel are carrying minor injuries, but should be fit for selection.

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