South Africa

ICC World Twenty20 2009

South Africa

South Africa will be hoping to improve on their performance in the inaugural World Twenty20, when run-rate cost them a place in the semi-finals.

Having won their first four games, they crashed to a 37-run defeat to India – a result which saw them eliminated.

Led by Graeme Smith, South Africa have quality throughout the squad with the evergreen Hershelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher augmenting the hugely talented Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Johan Botha and the Morkel brothers.

Rising talents Wayne Parnell and Roelof van der Merwe are also beginning to make a name for themselves.

South Africa, with 11 wins from 18 Twenty20 internationals prior to the tournament, are in Group D with New Zealand and Scotland.

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Graeme Smith (captain)
A destructive batsman who averages over 50 in Tests and over 40 in ODIs, Smith has led South Africa superbly since being appointed captain in March 2003 at the tender age of 22. His opening partnership with Herschelle Gibbs is one of the most feared in international cricket.

Johan Botha
South Africa’s vice-captain is a canny off-spinner who also provides useful runs down the order. Botha’s bowling action has been the subject of regular scrutiny, but he was recently cleared to resume his career without the use of his illegal doosra.

Yusuf Abdulla
Abdulla is a skiddy left-arm paceman who has flourished in the shortest form of the game. Made his international Twenty20 debut in March and picked up the prized wicket of Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Mark Boucher
One of the mainstays of the South Africa side for over a decade, Boucher holds the world record for most dismissals as a wicketkeeper and is capable of explosive innings in the middle order. The 32-year-old was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2009.

AB De Villiers
A veteran of over 50 Tests at the age of 25, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, to give him his full title, is now firmly established in the South Africa middle order. Started his international career as a wicketkeeper and provides an electrifying presence in the field.

JP Duminy
Duminy sprung to prominence in the recent Test series against Australia and has continued to impress since. An elegant left-handed batsman, he also offers a useful bowling option with his off-breaks.

Herschelle Gibbs
Gibbs is renowned for his power hitting and smashed six sixes off Netherlands spinner Dan van Bunge in the 2007 World Cup. He is in fine form after helping Deccan Chargers to victory in the Indian Premier League.

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Jacques Kallis
Quite simply one of the finest all-rounders in the modern game, Kallis has surpassed 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, as well as taking over 500 international wickets. He performed solidly in the recent IPL, where he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Albie Morkel
The elder of the two Morkel brothers appears tailor-made for Twenty20, with his ability to hit sixes seemingly at will. He is also a handy fast-medium bowler and has previous experience of English conditions following a brief stint with Durham in 2008.

Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel has made huge strides in recent years, and is regarded by many as potentually a South Africa great. A genuine pace bowler capable of extracting bounce from the most benign of wickets, and at 24, his best is yet to come.

Justin Ontong
A useful all-rounder, Ontong has struggled to establish himself at international level despite being on the fringes for several years. Will hope to stake a claim for a regular spot if he is given an opportunity in the tournament.

Wayne Parnell
The latest pace bowler to spring through the South African ranks, Parnell was given an opportunity in the recent ODI series against Australia and grabbed it with both hands. The 19-year-old is a left-arm seamer who also contributes with the bat.

Robin Peterson
Peterson is an orthodox left-arm finger spinner able to generate significant turn. Has fallen behind Johan Botha in the pecking order in recent years, but remains an important member of the squad, particularly in the limited-overs game.

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Dale Steyn
The leading Test wicket-taker in 2008, Steyn has fast established himself as the new leader of the South Africa attack. A fiery customer capable of bowling in excess of 90mph, he will be keen to further enhance his growing reputation at international level.

Roelof van der Merwe
An off-spinning all-rounder, van der Merwe made his international Twenty20 debut against Australia in March and made an immediate impact with 48 and figures of 1-30. Subsequently signed up by IPL franchise Bangalore and enjoyed an impressive campaign.