McLaren in, but still no word on Tahir

2010-12-04 00:00

THE Proteas selectors have added Chevrolet Knights all-rounder Ryan McLaren to the squad for the first Test against India, which starts on December 16 at Centurion.

Convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson last night said McLaren was being rewarded for his success in the West Indies, and his subsequent form for the Knights.

“It’s good to include the guys on the fringes, and I think [Proteas coach] Corrie van Zyl is very good in keeping those guys a part of the set-up,” Hudson said.

“We also want to keep the squad that played against Pakistan together.”

Hudson added that, barring injury, the 15-man squad is likely to do duty for all three Test matches.

He also confirmed that both Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla are expected to be fit for the series opener.

Smith is mending a fractured hand, while Amla is expected to have overcome his fore-arm injury.

Hudson joked that the free-scoring Amla, with over 1 000 Test runs this year, could probably do with a few low scores, to give his wrists a break from racking up so many runs.

The arrival of the top-ranked Indians will provide a stern challenge for the Proteas, and Hudson said that they anticipate conditions to be slightly more favourable than the feather-beds they encountered in the United Arab Emirates.

Paul Harris looks likely to get the nod for the spinner role, especially with India’s batting card dominated by right-handers.

“That will be a factor, and Harris may well cause problems out of the rough later in the matches,” Hudson explained.

Hudson also explained the silence regarding Dolphins leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

Simply put, there is nothing to say.

Even Gerald Majola has waded in to try and find out what is going on, but it looks like the Dolphins will have him to themselves for a while yet.

PROTEAS TEST SQUAD

Graeme Smith (Cape Cobras, capt), Hashim Amla (Dolphins), Johan Botha (Warriors), Mark Boucher (Warriors), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Paul Harris (Highveld Lions), Jacques Kallis (Warriors), Ryan McLaren (Knights), Morne Morkel (Titans), Wayne Parnell (Warriors), Alviro Petersen (Highveld Lions), Ashwell Prince (Warriors), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Warriors).

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