South Africa squad for T20s and ODIs v England, 2009-10
South Africa host England in two Twenty20 internationals and five one-day internationals ahead of the four-Test series. The following players are involved in the Twenty20s and/or the ODIs.
Graeme Smith (captain)
A natural leader who has been captain of his country for six and a half years. The powerful left-hander, who averages 41 in one-day internationals heading into the series against England, is prolific off his legs and particularly disdainful of anything short. South Africa are an immeasurably better side with Smith at the helm.
Yusuf Abdulla (Twenty20s only)
Another addition to South Africa’s array of left-arm seamers, Abdulla has only been selected in the Twenty20 squad, and it comes as little surprise given his call-up by Kings XI Punjab for the Indian Premier League.
Such is South Africa’s batting strength that Amla is regularly their first reserve in one-day internationals, despite an average approaching 44 in the 50-over game. Not part of the Twenty20 squad.
Loots Bosman (Twenty20s only)
An attacking opener, Bosman is a regular run-scorer in Pro20. Helped secure a withering 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the 2007 World Twenty20 with a half-century.
The off-spinning all-rounder courted controversy when the International Cricket Council scrutinised his quicker ball and doosra this year, although he was given the go-ahead to resume his international career in May. A proven performer, albeit more prolific in T20s than ODIs.
Only Adam Gilchrist has more dismissals in one-day internationals. Boucher is a more than useful lower middle-order batsman with the ability to change the course of an innings in the closing overs.
AB de Villiers
The golden boy of the South Africa team. Brilliant in the field, de Villiers has become a consistent run-scorer with an average approaching 40 in ODIs. A fast scorer in Twenty20.
Compact left-hander with an unflappable temperament, Duminy has established himself in the Proteas’ one-day and Twenty20 sides thanks to assured displays with the bat. Can also bowl useful off-spin.
Herschelle Gibbs *
Called into the squad ahead of the third ODI after an injury to Jacques Kallis, Gibbs is one of the most devastating hitters in this or any other era. The right-hander struck a brutal 175 off 111 balls in South Africa’s record pursuit of 434 against Australia in 2006.
Jacques Kallis *
One of the most prolific all-rounders the game has seen - with more than 10,000 runs in one-dayers and roughly a quarter of that number in wickets - and still remains a force to be reckoned with 14 years after his debut. Has his doubters in South Africa but remains a formidable prospect despite recently turning 34.
Heino Kuhn (Twenty20s only)
Wicketkeeper-batsman who opens the batting. Consistent performances for the Titans in all forms of the game in recent years have earned him a chance at senior international level.
Langeveldt called time on an international career in 2008, pulling out of a tour of India having believed to have been picked ahead of Andre Nel on grounds of colour. An accurate medium-pacer, Langeveldt ended his Kolpak deal with Derbyshire to help smooth a return.
No sooner had McLaren called time on a Kolpak contract with Kent this summer, he was ushered to international recognition. The all-rounder previously chose to pursue county ahead of country, helping the Spitfires to glory in the 2007 Twenty20 Cup with a hat-trick in the final.
The older of the two Morkel brothers, Albie is renowned for his ferocious one-day hitting, which naturally led to Lance Klusener comparisons. His returns with the ball have been steady rather than spectacular.
Morne Morkel *
A 6ft 6in pace bowler capable of extracting considerable bounce in excess of 90mph, Morkel has established himself in the Test team but lost his place in the one-day side. He was added to the squad ahead of the third ODI in Cape Town.
The astonishing rise of this 20-year-old from Port Elizabeth adds a new dimension to the Proteas attack. A very brisk left-armer whose end-of-innings yorkers are arguably his greatest asset, he was outstanding in this year's World Twenty20. Also penetrative in the Champions Trophy and made great impressions this summer at Kent.
Opening batsman Peterson earns a recall for the first time since mid-2008 with only appearances against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to his name. But he is a solid performer at domestic level for Lions and North West.
With the possible exception of Brett Lee, the world’s best fast bowler who has formed a potentially devastating duo with Parnell. Less regular in ODIs until recently, England demonstrated they can get after him in the Champions Trophy.
This left-arm quick from the Eastern Cape has spent a long time around South Africa’s squad. With 4-50 on ODI debut against Australia, he evidently offers variety to the attack, but Parnell may have stolen his thunder.
Roelof van der Merwe
The emergence of 24-year-old van der Merwe offers South Africa a rare slow bowling option. A left-arm spinner who sends the ball through quickly, he proved incisive against Australia in their one-day series earlier this year. Van der Merwe has also made a name for himself as a fiesty competitor.
*Kallis played in the second Twenty20 international but was ruled out of the one-day series after the washed-out opener at Johannesburg. Herschelle Gibbs replaced him ahead of the third ODI when Morne Morkel was also called up.