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Thursday, May 31, 2012

South Africa announces T20 squad for tri-series


Ahead of the unofficial Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe in June, the South Africa cricket team selectors have recalled the middle order batsman, Faf du Plessis, in a 15-man squad. The Highveld Lions all-rounder, Chris Morris, is perhaps going to make his international debut with this tri-nation series.
Senior players like AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, and the fast-bowling pair of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been stored up for the upcoming series against England. These four players played extensively during the recently concluded IPL 2012. However, the young-studded South Africa team will be led by Johan Botha.
The 27-year-old Du Plessis made his debut in 2011 and since making his debut he has so far played 21 ODI matches for South Africa. He has never been part of the T20 squad. After showing good performance for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2012, he has made his inclusion in the shortest format. Although he finished 13th in the batting charts, he was given the orange cap for his contribution with the bat. He scored three half-centuries in the tournament.
Chris Morris has caught the attention of selectors showing his all-rounder performance. With the bat he has scored two half-centuries and took 23 wickets at an average of 26.00 in the first-class competition. Taking 21 wickets, he became the leading bowler overall in the Miway T20 competition.
The tri-nation T20 series also features Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Squad: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dane Vilas (wk). 

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