The Proteas’ preliminary World Cup squad of 30 has been announced and there are very few surprises.
Below is the 30 man 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)
Marchant de Lange (The Unlimited Titans)
JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans)
Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans)
Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Reeza Hendricks (Chevrolet Knights)
Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins)
Rory Kleinveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Ryan McLaren (Sunfoil Dolphins)
David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins)
Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans)
Chris Morris (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Justin Ontong (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors)
Robin Peterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Andrew Puttick (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights)
Mthokozisi Shezi (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Morne van Wyk (Sunfoil Dolphins)
David Wiese (The Unlimited Titans)
Tomorrow, the squad gets trimmed down to 15 players. These are the guys that will travel to Australia.
Who would you choose if you were selector? We’ll tell you what we think.
Lets start with the obvious cuts – the players who are going to be catching the World Cup from their arm chairs, beer in hand:
Chris Morris, Mthokozisi Shezi, Rory Kleinveldt, Andrew Puttick, Morne van Wyk and David Wiese will be the first names off the list.
Reason being that none of them have really played for the Proteas, or at least, not lately.
So that now leaves 24.
Marchant de Lange, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Aaron Phangiso and Justin Ontong all have a great chance to travel, but I’m sure will be left heart-broken.
They had decent domestic seasons, but unfortunately there just seems to be someone better in their positions.
To get rid of four more now seems impossible.
For instance, I KNOW the selectors are going to include Farhaan Behardien and Wayne Parnell in their squad, they wouldn’t have played them so much in the build up to the tournament, if they weren’t going to take him. I certainly wouldn’t take him.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe is another player the selectors fancy that I wouldn’t take. I also think Kagiso Rabada will miss out, purely based on age and lack of experience.
I also reckon Reeza Hendricks will miss out with Rilee Rossouw taking his place.
The final unlucky player, could be anyone. Your guess is as good as mine. But with JP fit and employed as a part time spinner, either Tahir or Robbie P will miss out. I’d take Robbie P but I don’t think the selectors will.
(Probable) 15 MAN SQUAD:
AB de Villiers
Quinton De Kock
Faf du Plessis
So those are my thoughts – What are yours? Tweet your changes to @LeftBacks.