Proteas

AB leads Proteas to World Cup

AB de Villiers. (Carl Fourie, Gallo Images)
AB de Villiers. (Carl Fourie, Gallo Images)
Cape Town -  AB de Villiers will lead a full strength Proteas squad to Australia and New Zealand in February to challenge for the 2015 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
 
“Quinton de Kock is the only injury concern at the moment,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection committee convener, Andrew Hudson.

“Our medical committee has backed his inclusion in the squad at this stage so there is confidence that he will be ready for the tournament.
 
“There are eight players with previous World Cup experience – De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir – so we feel we have a nice blend of experience of major knock-out tournaments plus the freshness that will come from the relative newcomers.
 
“We have also stayed true to our policy of consistency and reward for good performances that has enabled us to build a good record over the past 12 months. The fact that most of these series have been played away from home has provided excellent preparation as well.
 
“The selectors have also identified a group of standby players in the event of injury replacements being needed but these will not be named at this stage.”
 
Castle Lager Proteas World Cup squad: AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, vice capt), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans),Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights), Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras).
 
Morne van Wyk (Sunfoil Dolphins) will deputise for De Kock for the Momentum ODI Series against the West Indies.
 
Justin Ontong will captain the South Africa A side in both the four-day and one-day series against the England Lions. Rory Kleinveldt will stand in for him for the first match.
 
SA A four-day squad: Justin Ontong (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Gihahn Cloete (Chevrolet Knights), Theunis de Bruyn (The Unlimited Titans), Marchant de Lange (The Unlimited Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Chevrolet Knights), Rory Kleinveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Eddie Leie (bizhub Highveld Lions), Ryan McLaren (Sunfoil Dolphins), Chris Morris (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Piedt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Andrew Puttick (Nashua Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Chevrolet Knights), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras)
 
SA A one-day squad: Justin Ontong (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Theunis de Bruyn (The Unlimited Titans), Marchant de Lange (The Unlimited Titans), Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans), Simon Harmer (Chevrolet Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Chevrolet Knights), Eddie Leie (bizhub Highveld Lions), Ryan McLaren (Sunfoil Dolphins), Chris Morris (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Mthokozisi Shezi (Nashua Cape Cobras), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Nashua Cape Cobras), Khaya Zondo (Sunfoil Dolphins).
 
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