South Africa have named their provisional 30 man squad for the Champions Trophy in September. The squad contains 4 players who have not been capped yet. Those players are; the Dolphins opening bowling pair of Yusuf Abdullah and Johann Louw, Titans opening bowler Ethy Mbhalati, and Cobra’s bowler Rory Kleinveldt. It is however unlikely that any of these players will make the final squad of 15. But being named in the provisional squad is reward for some good domestic form and performances and shows that they are in the selectors minds.
Herchelle Gibbs, who has lost his place in the Test squad, is named in the list and should be named in the squad. Gibbs recently questioned his international future.
Charl Langeveld was not named in the list, having taken up a Kolpak option following the mess of the Indian tour selection and quota’s.
Speaking of quota’s the 30 man list contains 17 non white players, each of whom has a chance to represent their country in the future and should not be rushed or used as pawns in this regard.
The full provional squad is: Yusuf Abdullah, Hashim Amla, Gulam Bodi, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Johann Louw, Ethy Mbhalati, Neil McKenzie, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Alfonso Thomas, Thandi Tshabalala, Morne van Wyk, Monde Zondeki.
While South Africa remain confident that Neil Mckenzie will shake off his groin strain and play in the second Test, starting on Friday, they have said that JP Duminy will open the innings with Smith, should Mckenzie not be fit. AB de Villiers would have been the obvious choice to open, with Duminy making his debut in the middle order, but the thinking is that they do not want to make 2 changes for one swap. So Duminy will open, and de Villiers will stay at 6. This may be unfair to Duminy, a young man asked to make his debut in an unfamiliar position against a swinging ball. But given the chance to play Test cricket Duminy will bat anywhere he is asked to and hope to take his chance.