Duminy will captain T20

2014-10-01 00:00

VERNON Philander returns to the Protea one-day international (ODI) squad and JP Duminy captains the T20 side.

These were the standout announcements made by convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson yesterday on announcing the Protea squads to tour New Zealand and Australia, starting next month.

The Proteas play three ODIs in New Zealand before crossing the Tasman Sea for three T20s and five ODIs against Australia.

There is a familiar look to the ODI squad with Philander, who missed the triangular series in Zimbabwe, replacing Mthokozisi Shezi, while the Dolphins’ Kyle Abbott retains his place as Cobras seamer Beuran Hendricks is sidelined through injury.

For the T20 squad, three new caps — Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw and South Africa U19 bowler Kagiso Rabada — get the nod as Duminy is handed the captaincy.

“With the World Cup in February, the ODI squad is almost finalised and these players are a certainty to attend,” said Hudson. “However, there are opportunities for franchise players to perform in the current domestic season and consistent contributions will not go unnoticed.”

Hudson added bowlers Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Beuran Hendricks would still be considered as they returned from injury.

“We have been pleased with the ODI performances in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and to move up the ICC ODI rankings before the World Cup is encouraging,” said Hudson. “We are playing good cricket and coach Russell Domingo is doing a top job. Taking on the World Cup as one of the top ranked teams is vital.”

While the New Zealand and Australia tour could be termed World Cup preparation, Hudson said the matches were important with the results “definitely counting”.

“The team needs to get into the habit of winning and that makes these matches count.”

As for JP Duminy taking over the T20 captaincy, Hudson said players like Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Morné Morkel were not considered for the squad as they needed to rest.

“These players play in all formats and need some time out. We don’t want to risk injury to our big name players and this provides JP with his first taste of international captaincy, having been a constant in the set-up for a long time,” said Hudson.

Rotation in the T20 squad allows the selectors to give new talent a taste of international cricket, as had been done with Rabada. He toured Zimbabwe on a learning curve and feedback from Domingo was positive.

“Russell has seen Kagiso has something special and a spot in the T20 set-up is a good place for him to start,” he said.

According to Hudson, it was about putting the best side on the park with the best combinations doing what they do best.

“New Zealand and Australia will be tough challenges, providing the sternest test as the World Cup draws near. Then we have a home series against the West Indies,” said Hudson.

That was 13 ODIs — three against New Zealand and five each against Australia and the West Indies — before the World Cup. Could it be a lucky 13 as the Proteas focus on the one trophy to elude them on the world stage?

Proteas ODI Squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, (vice-captain), Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

Proteas T20 Squad: JP Duminy (captain), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese.

New Zealand Fixtures

October 21 — first ODI, Mount Maunganui

October 24 — second ODI, Mount Maunganui

October 27 — third ODI, Hamilton

Australia Fixtures

November 5 — first T20, Adelaide

November 7 — second T20, Melbourne

November 9 — third T20, Sydney

November 14 — first ODI, Perth

November 16 — second ODI, Perth

November 19 — third ODI, Canberra

November 21 — fourth ODI, Melbourne

November 23 — fifth ODI, Sydney

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