Van Wyk recalled for New Zealand series

2015-08-06 06:00
Morné van Wyk celebrates his 70-ball century against the West Indies in a T20 International at Kingsmead in January. The veteran domestic player has earned a recall to the ODI and T20 squads for the visit of New Zealand later this month, replacing th

Morné van Wyk celebrates his 70-ball century against the West Indies in a T20 International at Kingsmead in January. The veteran domestic player has earned a recall to the ODI and T20 squads for the visit of New Zealand later this month, replacing th

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DOLPHINS captain and wicket-keeper Morné van Wyk (36) has found favour with the national selectors, gaining a recall to the Protea ODI and T20 squads for the upcoming series against New Zealand.

Named as the SA T20 Player of the Year earlier this year at the CSA Awards, Van Wyk was then dumped for the tour to Bangladesh that included two T20s and three ODIs.

He made a fairy tale 114* in January against the West Indies in the third of three T20s on home turf at Kingsmead and, despite the Windies already taking the series, endeared himself to the cricketing fraternity, his selection for the injured Quinton de Kock justified.

Once De Kock had recovered from his injury, De Kock was selected for the World Cup where his indifferent and see-saw form gave Van Wyk hope for a ticket to Bangladesh.

It was not to be and Van Wyk was outspoken in his criticism of the selectors, questioning their thinking on persisting with a player who was clearly battling with form and way short of runs.

However, the wait has been worthwhile and the disappointment has turned to elation with the announcement of the T20 and ODI squads in Johannesburg yesterday.

De Kock, who again looked out of sorts in Bangladesh (when play was possible), has been left out of both squads and included in the SA A side to tour India, where he has time to gain confidence and rediscover his form.

Titans all-rounder David Wiese, having played T20 cricket for the Proteas­, is in line to win his debut ODI cap, while batsman supreme AB de Villiers returns to both squads after the birth of his son, which saw him miss the Bangladesh tour.

JP Duminy and Morné Morkel miss the three ODIs against New Zealand, also for paternity reasons, but will play in the two T20 matches.

Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander return for the ODIs after sitting out in Bangladesh, while leg spinner Imran Tahir plays in the ODIs but makes way for fellow leggie Eddie Leie in the T20, who had a successful debut in Bangladesh.

New convenor of selectors Linda Zondi said consistency was key in naming the squads.

“We have maintained our policy of selection based on form, a method which has served us well in the past,” he said.

“However, our squads at national level are always open for players showing form and David Wiese is a current example. He has been knocking on the door of ODI selection for a while and now has the opportunity to show what he can offer.”

On Van Wyk’s selection, Zondi said the experienced campaigner offered experience and leadership.

“He definitely strengthens the leadership core as his record in franchise cricket over many season reflects plus his experience will count for much where his input will be important,” he said.

As for De Kock (22), he has age on his side and knows what is needed to perform at the highest level of sport. His record proves he has the talent and capabilities and the visit to India should stand him in good stead moving forward, especially ahead of the Proteas visit in November this year.

His current situation is a prime example of the merry-go-round world of professional sport. No one is superhuman and form will dip and talent leave the building every so often. That’s how it goes and for De Kock, now is the time for him to prove there is more than brashful youth behind his babyface looks as he seeks to re-establish himself and bounce back off the ropes.

Other Dolphins players selected for both squads are Kyle Abbott and David Miller.

Protea ODI Squad: AB de Villiers (Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Hashim Amla (Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), David Miller (Dolphins), Aaron Phangiso (Lions), Vernon Philander (Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Dale Steyn (Cobras), Morne van Wyk (Dolphins), David Wiese (Titans)

Protea T20 Squad: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Hashim Amla (Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cobras), Eddie Leie (Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Aaron Phangiso (Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Morne van Wyk (Dolphins), David Wiese (Titans)NZ Tour Itinerary

14 August: 1st T20 International (D/N), Durban,

16 August: 2nd T20 International (Day), Centurion

19 August: 1st ODI (D/N), Centurion

23 August: 2nd ODI (Day), Potchefstroom

26 August: 3rd ODI (D/N), Durban

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