Surprises in SA side

2014-02-18 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Beuran Hendricks, left-handed fast bowler for the Cape Cobras, is the only new player in the South African cricket squad for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh next month.

A few all but forgotten names have, however, been included.

They are the 32-year-old Albie Morkel, his Titans team-mate Farhaan Behardien, as well as Imran Tahir, the Lions leg spinner.

Morkel was initially not even in the 30 players from which the final squad was selected. But his recent string of excellent results for the Titans in the local series had convinced Andrew Hudson and his selection committee they could not go to the sub-continent without Morkel.

Hudson said they knew what Morkel was capable of and his current form had made it easy to include him in the group.

Tahir was the biggest surprise by the selectors.

The feeling was that the book would be finally closed on him, but Hudson said he brings “that X-factor” to the game.

He said Tahir was an unorthodox bowler who created uncertainty among the batters.

“Especially on the sub-continent he can be a very important weapon.”

Hudson said Hendricks’s injury from the weekend would be monitored, and there was still time for him to fully recover before the tournament starts.

The tournament will feature 16 teams from March 16 to April 6.

Hudson praised Hendricks for being a versatile bowler who can be as effective with a new ball as at the end of an innings.

“I am convinced we have the right combination for the conditions there.”

A lot of Australian jokes were heard when the new, mainly yellow strip for the SA group was shown.

The same 15 players who will tour to Bangladesh will also play in the series of three local T20 matches against Australia early in March.

SA T20 squad

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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