South Africa snub Gibbs and Ntini
Herschelle Gibbs and Makhaya Ntini have been dropped from the South Africa one-day squad to face Zimbabwe and England next month.
Opening batsman Gibbs and pace bowler Ntini have been overlooked along with Robin Peterson as the Proteas make three changes to the squad on duty in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Uncapped all-rounder Ryan McLaren, opener Alviro Petersen and seamer Charl Langeveldt come in at their expense for the two-match series against Zimbabwe and the first three games against England.
To play for South Africa, McLaren and Langeveldt have surrendered their Kolpak status that allowed them to feature for Kent and Somerset respectively as non-overseas players.
Uncapped wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn and hard-hitting batsman Loots Bosman, who last represented his country 12 months ago, are the two new faces in the party for the two Twenty20 internationals against England which precede the five-game one-day series.
South Africa’s selection chief Mike Procter described the decision to axe experienced pair Gibbs and Ntini as difficult, but one that needed to be made.
“It is never easy to leave out senior players, particularly when they are men of the calibre of Herschelle Gibbs and Makhaya Ntini who have given such wonderful service over a long period of time,” Procter said.
“But we also have to keep looking forward and reward those players who are knocking strongly on the door.
“Although we have chosen these squads for the Zimbabwe series as well as the first three matches against England, we are flexible and reserve the right to add other players as we think fit.”
Gibbs, 35, has played 245 ODIs and scored more than 8,000 runs since his debut in 1996, while 32-year-old Ntini is a veteran of 173 appearances, taking 266 wickets since 1998.
Kuhn, who also opens the batting for his franchise, the Titans, gets his chance after impressing in the 20-over format, and his inclusion indicates that the selectors are looking for a successor to Mark Boucher behind the stumps.
Procter added: “The aim is for all 15 players to get a run in the two Pro20 matches against England.”
South Africa face Zimbabwe in the first of two matches on November 8, followed by two Twenty20s against England – the opening game is on November 13 – and five one-day internationals beginning on November 20.
Meanwhile, the selectors have also named the two South Africa A sides to play against England in warm-up matches during the early part of the tour.
Justin Ontong will captain the Twenty20 team for the clash in Bloemfontein on November 10, while Hashim Amla is named as skipper for the 50-over game in Potchefstroom a week later.
One-day squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe.
Twenty20 squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Yusuf Abdulla, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Heino Kuhn, Charl Langeveldt, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe.