Rudolph to captain A-side

2011-03-16 08:59

Jacques Rudolph was named today as captain of the South Africa A side for next month’s home series against Bangladeshi A.

“Jacques will lead the team in both the four-day and one-day series,” said selection convener Andrew Hudson.

“He has done an excellent job for the Titans this summer, both as leader and player, and he brings a level of experience that will be invaluable, particularly to the younger players.”

The South Africa A side will be defending a proud record which saw them unbeaten in two away series on the sub-continent last year.

Five players were not considered because of their commitment to the Indian Premier League - Rilee Rossouw, Jonathan Vandiar, Rusty Theron, Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram.

There are new bowling selections in Craig Alexander of the Highveld Lions and Keshav Maharaj from the Dolphins.

Alexander is one of the quickest bowlers in the country and has represented South Africa in two Under-19 World Cups.

Maharaj, a left-arm spinner, has come to the fore in the Dolphins’ limited overs campaigns this season. He is also a former SA Schools player.

There is also a return for impressive Titans seamer Ethy Mbhalati, who missed both of last year’s South Africa A tours through injury, and a recall for Justin Ontong of the Cape Cobras who has shown impressive form this season.

Farhaan Behardien, the hard-hitting Titans all-rounder, also gets a chance at this level.

» South Africa A four-day squad:
Jacques Rudolph (Titans, capt),
Craig Alexander (Highveld Lions),
Farhaan Behardien (Titans),
Dean Elgar (Knights),
Quinton Friend (Dolphins),
Heino Kuhn (Titans),
Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins),
Ethy Mbhalati (Titans),
Ryan McLaren (Knights),
Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras),
Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras),
Andrew Puttick (Cape Cobras),
Stiaan van Zyl (Cape Cobras).

» South Africa A one-day squad:
Jacques Rudolph (Titans, capt),
Craig Alexander (Highveld Lions),
Farhaan Behardien (Titans),
Loots Bosman (Dolphins),
Dean Elgar (Knights),
Imraan Khan (Dolphins),
Heino Kuhn (Titans),
Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins),
Ethy Mbhalati (Titans),
Ryan McLaren (Knights),
David Miller (Dolphins),
Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras).

» Fixtures: April 7-10: first four-day match, Senwes Park,

Potchefstroom; April 13-16: second four-day match,

Pietermaritzburg Oval; April 19: first ODI, Buffalo Park,

East London; April 21: second ODI, Boland Park,

Paarl; April 23: third ODI, Diamond Oval,

Kimberley; April 27: fourth ODI, Senwes Park,

Potchefstroom; and April 29: fifth ODI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

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